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<I>La Femme Nikita</I> Street Date Delayed

20 Jul, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Today's scheduled street date release of La Femme Nikita: The Complete Second Season ($69.99) from Warner Home Video has been delayed due to music clearance issues, according to a source familiar with the company.

Warner issued a statement announcing the delay due to “unforeseen circumstances.” A company spokesperson declined further comment.

The 22-episode second season of the former USA Network action series starring Peta Wilson as trained assassin Nikita featured songs from 31 artists, including Diane Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Gus Gus, Hednoize, Garbage, The Crystal Method and Curve.

While the TV show sought to showcase independent artists and bands performing a combination of jazz, classical, techno and grunge music, much of the material was copyrighted by the major record labels, including Sony, BMG, Universal, Virgin and Warner Bros.

Despite the potential for issues to arise regarding music clearances on any DVD release, issuing a delay five days prior to street date is unusual.

“I've never heard of something like this so late in the game,” said a publicist, who declined to be identified.

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