OT: DVD video logo (in UK)

Tim Stannard wrote on 12/16/2015, 11:10 AM
I have always shied away fro using the DVD video logo on DVDs I produce on DVD-R (including those I send away to be duplicated) mainly because of this:

However, many, many people producing small qualtity DVDs do use it (and I'm sure they are not sending away for licences) and what's more, many duplication houses allow you to download the logos from their site.

I'm wondering whether the restriction actually applies in the UK. It is very useful to be able to put the logo on the DVD wrap and DVD in order to quickly identify it as DVD video as opposed to a data disc or BluRay.

What is the rule in the UK - and also what is common practice?


vtxrocketeer wrote on 12/16/2015, 1:21 PM
I'm not in the UK, and I also don't use the DVD logo: I made my own in Illustrator. No one seems to mind, especially the DVD logo licensor.
videoITguy wrote on 12/16/2015, 6:10 PM
Tim, have no idea what you think UK is gonna do?! Actually the logo license is world-wide so individual countries have little bearing on it. The European Union ? Mess??

Seriously I don't know OR have a clue what your concerns are. Is this DVD seen in retail in mass markets? Brick and mortar locations? On-line? Price competitive? Content original or ?
fldave wrote on 12/16/2015, 9:01 PM
Pretty sure it applies to the "manufacturer" of the physical disc, who you send the sample/data to for replication. And Sony, for providing us with the tool to make the format. Not us as content producers.

I ain't a lawyer, so your mileage may vary, yada yada yada...
videoITguy wrote on 12/16/2015, 10:33 PM
The typical standard is running off more than 500 copies total - then you goto replication house and they take care of licensing fees within the billing.

For productions number less than 500 total copies, and assuming you are burning one-offs (silly name?) to create duplicates - then you create the design and no license requirement binding.
DGates wrote on 12/17/2015, 5:16 AM
Use it. You'll be fine.
Tim Stannard wrote on 12/22/2015, 5:20 PM
OK, Thanks guys, I guess.

VideoITguy, the reason was I was asking is I'd like to use it but wasn't sure whether I was entitled. I wasn't certain whether the licencing is enforcable worldwide as I could only find any licencing details on the .jp site. So thanks for clearing it up.

You wonder what I'm concerned about - quite simply "doing the right thing" - in the same way that it is unlikely anyone will ever check that I have paid the PRS and MCPS (music reproduction) licences for the DVDs of my daughter's school nativity play, but I do it anyway so I have a clear conscience.

Admittedly that's a slightly different, as I am at least contributing to the coffers of some lesser known composers and musicians, rather than letting multinational conglomerates continue to benefit financially from designs that paid for themselves years ago, but the principle is the same.

I like vtxrocketeer's idea. Make one myself.
vtxrocketeer wrote on 12/23/2015, 12:27 AM
Tim, I should have shared mine when I posted above. Something about "make your own" sounds cheesy, like some of the horrid transitions buried within Vegas. Anyway, here it is:

If you like it, you can have it in any format. Just shoot me an e-mail. I also don't mind if you say it's cheesy. I pulled on my big boy pants.
PeterWright wrote on 12/23/2015, 3:39 AM
Nice one vtxrocketeer - not a hint of cheese!
Grazie wrote on 12/23/2015, 3:48 AM
Nor whiff!


Tim Stannard wrote on 12/23/2015, 12:26 PM
Certainly not as cheesey as the brie I threw out the other day. It's great! Thanks for the offer to share. Very kind. Email sent.
vtxrocketeer wrote on 12/23/2015, 11:10 PM
Tim, glad you like it. I'm not ignoring you: I didn't receive an e-mail from you.

EDIT: grab it here in AI and PNG formats.

john_dennis wrote on 12/24/2015, 12:03 AM
Since I've been doing photo restoration for days, Photoshop was already open. I created black and white text versions of these logos with transparency so you can use them as overlays on different backgrounds. Download here.
Tim Stannard wrote on 12/24/2015, 7:48 AM
Thanks John. Perfect.