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Keep Circulating The Tapes: New Media

Art

  • Agrippa (a book of the dead) was penned by famed cyberpunk novelist William Gibson, illustrated by Dennis Ashbaugh and published by Kevin Begos Jr., the "Art" here consists of a book printed with quick fading ink and self-destructing floppy that accompany the deluxe version of the book, as well as a one-time-only live public reading. The only exceptions are:
  1. A few copies of the book was printed with regular ink, these copies were sent to the Library of Congress as well as selected public libraries and museums, and are publicly accessible.
  2. In one of the earliest recorded instances of Keep Circulating the Tapes and piracy via the Internet: a group of students managed to convince the radio station that they're documentarians and made a full video tape of the teleprompter, which is in fact a MacBook running a copy of said self-destructing floppy. A complete transcription of the poem appeared on the underground BBS Mind Vox the next day.
  3. The poem is permanently available (for now) on William Gibson's website.

Spoken word media

  • The LP recordings of The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy are long out-of-print and it's not clear who owns the rights, so they're likely to remain that way. Many fans reckon the performances and pacing, especially on the first album, are better than the original radio series.

Theatre

  • Trading show videos (also known as "footwear") is common among Broadway fans, who either like to collect everything their favorite performer has been in, to have a copy of a show that has never seen an official VHS/DVD release, or to check out international productions.

Professional Wrestling

  • Most ECW fans were supremely disappointed to find that one of the most powerful moments of the ECW One Night Stand reunion show, Sandman's entrance, was completely ruined for the DVD release due to the removal of not only Sandman's entrance music (Metallica's "Enter Sandman"), but also the crowd singing along to it. The original ECW may have replaced entrance themes for their home video releases themselves, but Paul Heyman was at least smart enough to get Motorhead to cover "Enter Sandman" so he could use their version for cheap without having to ruin the entire entrance.
    • Speaking of which, pretty much anything ECW that's not published by WWE certainly qualifies; now that the ECW Revival experiment has degraded into a B Show, it's doubtful we'll see any other new ECW DVDs.
      • Ditto for not fitting in their TV-PG policy.
    • And even before then, in the early-to-mid 1990s, there was the era of the "tape trades" (e.g., fans in Philadelphia would trade VHS tapes of ECW shows in their area to other fans in New York City for NYC-based shows). Obviously, this was long before the advent of the internet and streaming videos.
    • A popular dirtsheet story says that when Vince didn't allow Metallica to perform the song "St. Anger" live at a pay-per-view to promote the album of the same name, they later asked for an absurd sum for royalties every time Vince used "Enter Sandman", and that's why the One Night Stand DVD had the censored entrance.
      • Nah, it's most likely just because it's licensed music and that now has absurd costs in general. Any of that is game for being edited out. Always has been to some extent (it was even seen in the 1980s in WWF Coliseum Video releases)
  • As mentioned above, any time licensed music is used for a particular wrestler, it's likely to be edited out in videos and rebroadcasts, especially if the WWE stops using the music. The most glaring example for a lot of fans is how "Real American" (which WWE still holds the rights to) is edited over "Eye of the Tiger" in replays of Hulk Hogan's earlier matches, which include his world title win over The Iron Sheik and the first WrestleMania.
  • For that matter, anything WWE-owned in their original forms (with original music, no blurring or censoring "WWF" utterances). Probably, then, all Chris Benoit matches for the forseeable future.
    • For compilation sets, yes. However, WWE's released several pay-per-views on DVD following Benoit's death that have Benoit matches in them, simply because editing them out is unavoidable (most notably, the SummerSlam Anthology featured every iteration of that event, including several shows Benoit performed on).
    • They managed to get around this for the Elimination Chamber anthology set by not advertising Benoit anywhere on the outer packaging (his name only appears on the chapter booklet and DVD menus) and removing any commentary during the Elimination Chamber match he was involved in that painted him in a positive light.
  • Thankfully in late 2012 WWE reached an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund enabling them to stop the practice of blurring the WWF scratch logo and all utterances of the acronym. Meanwhile we're left with ten years worth of DVD collections marred by blurs, and its unclear how much will be re-released unedited.
  • WWE's 1999 Over the Edge event never has been, and never will be, released on any home video format in part or in whole; this is due to the death of Owen Hart.
    • Interestingly, on rare occasions highlights of Undertaker's match with Stone Cold have been shown when discussing Undertaker's title history, but nothing else from the pay-per-view.
  • For that matter, nearly anything involving Owen Hart due to the multiple lawsuits his widow has filed against the WWE.
  • Typically, any regular televised episode of a wrestling show never sees the light of day again after it is aired except in the form of highlights. For wrestling fans who want to call out wrestling organizations for doing this, keep in mind many other sports leagues enforce similar practices - ESPECIALLY the NFL, which never even allowed games to be replayed on ESPN Classic during the network's early years when other leagues did.
  • No WCW pay-per-view was released on DVD by the organization while it still existed, and WWE hasn't released any DVDs of a WCW pay-per-view in its entirety, though they have made good use of WCW's tape library in "best-of" sets, including a three-disc DVD set dedicated to "the best of WCW and NWA Starrcade", AND a three-disc DVD set dedicated to "the very best of WCW Monday Nitro".
    • Now they are going to release "the very best of Clash of the Clampions".

Instructional Media

  • Hikuta: The Art of Controlled Violence, based on the book of the same name by Dok Lee (real name Lee Crull). In this video, Dok (which according to Crull stands for "Defender of Kings") Lee demonstrates the techniqes of Hikuta, an allegedly ancient martial art dating back to the bodyguards of the Egyptian Pharoahs. Initially, it was available by mail order on VHS during the early 1990s if you knew where to look for it (mostly from ads in magazines such as Black Belt and Soldier of Fortune). Now, it is not known who owns the rights to the video since Dok Lee's death in 2000 and given the low budget, non professional quality nature of such productions (a regular instance in the martial arts community), it's not even certain if workable quality masters of the tape still exist.
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