Golden Book Home Entertainment Warning Screens

From Audiovisual Identity Database

1st Warning (1985-1987)

Warning: On a black background, we see the warning text, with "WARNING:" in red, and the rest of the text ("subject the offender" text) in white capital letters, with "WESTERN PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC." in larger letters.


  • The warning has been known to be rearranged slightly to have different companies. Sesame Street tapes have "Children's Television Workshop and Muppets, Inc.", while Mercer Mayer tapes have "MERCER MAYER"
  • Some tapes rephrase the warning to refer to video adaptations instead of motion pictures, although the warnings on tapes that credit "Children's Television Workshop and Muppets, Inc." refer to both.
  • On the 1985 VHS of Masters Of The Universe Stories, everything that was supposed to be black in the warning screen is blue.
  • Starting in 1986, the warning text is rephrased and/or in a different font to no longer reference a specific company.
  • On Canadian releases, the warning text is aligned to the center and in capitals.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on all videos from this era with the 1985-1986 music and the "Space" closing logo at the end, including the early Golden Step Ahead releases, and on some 1986 Golden Book Video releases using the 1986-1996 music.

2nd Warning (1987-2002)

Warning: On a black background, we see the following text:

WARNING: No part of this program
may be reproduced or copied by any
means, nor publicly broadcast without
written permission from the copyright

Variant: Some tapes use the text "For private home use only. Any unauthorized copying, hiring, lending or public performance of this program is prohibited by law. Violators will be subject to prosecution.".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on all Golden Book Video releases from 1987-1996 with the 1986-1996 jingle, as well as GoldenVision, Golden Step Ahead, and Golden Books Home/Family Entertainment releases (later co-released by Sony Wonder). Also seen on DVD releases from the company.

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