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Old April 27th 20, 13:12   #11
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This might also explain the lack of interest in audio drama via Big Finish. Perhaps the demand doesn't justify the set up cost for all the legal work.
My understanding via two sources is that Big Finish has asked and been denied a license to do B5 dramas.
I should clarify, I meant lack of interest from WB's perspective because of the legal legwork required on their end and associated costs.
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This might also explain the lack of interest in audio drama via Big Finish. Perhaps the demand doesn't justify the set up cost for all the legal work.
My understanding via two sources is that Big Finish has asked and been denied a license to do B5 dramas.
I should clarify, I meant lack of interest from WB's perspective because of the legal legwork required on their end and associated costs.
Curious what legal legwork would be entailed other than basic license contract vetting which their already-existing legal department would do as a matter of course? I've never heard of extraordinary legal expenses involved in licensing?
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Old April 28th 20, 07:38   #13
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My understanding via two sources is that Big Finish has asked and been denied a license to do B5 dramas.
I should clarify, I meant lack of interest from WB's perspective because of the legal legwork required on their end and associated costs.
Curious what legal legwork would be entailed other than basic license contract vetting which their already-existing legal department would do as a matter of course? I've never heard of extraordinary legal expenses involved in licensing?
I think it's referring to what I posted in my first post – that the head of Eaglemoss' Star Trek ships collection had enquired with WB about doing a B5 line, and was told that the cost of hiring new staff in the legal and permissions department, training them up on B5 so that they can check the product being made, would not be cost-effective for the money they would get from letting Eaglemoss have the licence. Ben Robinson at Eaglemoss thought this was a legit explanation. Maybe if there were lots of companies wanting to license B5 merchandise, then it would be more worthwhile for WB.

I don't think this lets WB off the hook entirely. It still shows they have no interest in the property and see no future in it so aren't willing to invest - to them, it's dead. But at the same time it also doesn't quite synch with the idea that WB hate B5 (I think the fact that it's still made available to watch, on Comet, on Sky Two, previously on Amazon Prime, shows that WB aren't being that vindictive)

I used to collect soundtrack CDs from the specialist labels, before they started to get a bit too expensive to have shipped over to the UK. Some of the films and TV series that they release soundtracks from are really obscure, but it's fairly common for the labels to sometimes wait years to get all the required permissions – sometimes it can be a matter of just waiting for someone to check the CD cover. I can see now why this is happening, since the film and TV companies probably don't have anyone in legal working on those obscure properties or having knowledge of them, so they're pushed to the back of the queue. Fortunately for soundtrack collectors, the labels seem to have enough contacts in the business, and enough patience, to wait things out.

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Talk about a coincidence. I was just thinking about this topic a little while ago. A question popped in my head, "Could similar issues be a determining factor in future B5 projects?" Maybe WB doesn't see much reason to explore any kind of B5 rebirth for the sheer fact no one still working there has much knowledge of the property.

Is it possible these licensing issues go hand in hand with future prospects for the franchise? Maybe there just isn't anyone there with the knowledge to know how to deal with it? Maybe the last caretaker just left a note saying hands-off forever and those wishes have been honored.
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Old April 29th 20, 01:08   #15
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At this time, I wish I had a "Babylon 5" or Vorlon symbol bandana or face mask. 😁
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At this time, I wish I had a "Babylon 5" or Vorlon symbol bandana or face mask. 😁
That does make sense, but I think I would go with the Earth Force Logo or Psi Corps Logo. I know the Encounter Suit idea is better, but I know the logos I like. I wish I had a working ISO Lab mask.
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At this time, I wish I had a "Babylon 5" or Vorlon symbol bandana or face mask. 😁
That does make sense, but I think I would go with the Earth Force Logo or Psi Corps Logo. I know the Encounter Suit idea is better, but I know the logos I like. I wish I had a working ISO Lab mask.
While this isn't quite the same (and yes, it's unlicensed), I found this very attractive B5-related fabric and they even have a mak-your-own mask kit.
https://www.spoonflower.com/en/produ...by-misstaripie

I think it's quite attractive! Yes, I got some. Whether I can cobble together a mask, I'm not sure.
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While this isn't quite the same (and yes, it's unlicensed), I found this very attractive B5-related fabric and they even have a mak-your-own mask kit.
https://www.spoonflower.com/en/produ...by-misstaripie

I think it's quite attractive! Yes, I got some. Whether I can cobble together a mask, I'm not sure.
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE EFFORT, but I can't say I am a fan. I would be very interested in seeing what you come up with Jan. Please share if you are successful.
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