Last night a courageous and astute reader informed me that my film, JOHNNY SUEDE, now showing on Netflix has been altered without my authorization. All of the Link Wray music I worked so carefully into the film has been replaced with royalty free generic 50's crap.
The Link Wray music has been legally in the film, in all formats, since 1991. It was so important to me I used it in both the opening and closing credits. Its removal was completely unauthorized and it destroys the artistic integrity of the film. And, whoever did it either forgot or did not care that the Link Wray music is credited at the end of the film. This is from the Netflix video stream of the film.
I'm asking people not to rent the film from Netflix until this is resolved. It is deeply disturbing to me that someone has changed my film without my consent.
Happy to report this issue has been resolved. It had nothing to do with Netflix. It is crucial lesson in licensing, of all types. The original music licenses were written and signed before streaming was around. Therefore, all the original music in the film had no licenses for video streaming. I'm grateful to the folks at Miramax who obtained the necessary licenses so that all the original music could be reinstated in the film as I had intended.
You got to watch out for that progress stuff...