Selling DVDs - legal considerations?

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#1

Hi all!

I am in the process of creating a DVD and aim to have these DVDs selling in retails outlets and online stores.

Does anyone know if there is any legal channels i will need to see before distributing them? for example, does the DVD needs to be reviewed by a comittee? or maybe a license is required to be able to create and sell DVDs?

Any help is greatly appreciated! many thanks!!!


#2

Welcome to MyCE! :flower:

I assume you are in the United States? If so, then there are no licenses you need to get, as long as the material on the DVDs is not explicitly pornographic.

You may need to get licenses for any content that you re-use from other sources, but if what you are producing is wholly original, then you don’t.


#3

Thanks for the reply! im from the UK, but long-term the aim is to sell to the US also.

Is there a need for licenses if you use material other than your own? i thought permission by the original owner was enough…

thanks again!


#4

[QUOTE=new2dvds;2472395]Thanks for the reply! im from the UK, but long-term the aim is to sell to the US also.

Is there a need for licenses if you use material other than your own? i thought permission by the original owner was enough…[/quote] The original owner does not necessary has the distribution rights of the content. Make sure you know that of every piece of content you have on this dvd.


#5

You really need to check all the laws in your country concerning this just to be safe instead of just asking people here in the forum because they might not know all of them and people here are from many countries which in turn have different laws


#6

I do not know what the content is of course, but if it is films then you might want to check the labels to indicate minimum age (PG), profanity warning etc.

Legally, as mentioned above, make sure you are authorized to sell all materials on the disc. If materials from others are used, be sure to have a written document to prove their consent (this could save you heaps of trouble later on). In other words, check copyrights…