View Full Version : DVD/Blu-Ray Mastering Legalities
2008 January 8th, 15:22
Does anyone know where I can find legal information about professionally mastering DVDs/Blu Ray discs for professional distribution?
I don't imagine there's any kind of filtering process for content, but there must be restrictions about the use of logos, etc (?). I guess this problem is partially solved w/ Blu-Ray since the label is printed directly on the casing, but I'm still curious if there's anything stopping individuals from mastering pro discs without formal permission of any kind.
2008 January 9th, 01:10
Just to answer my own question here (and I still dont' know about logos, if anyone does): it sounds like there is no licensing requirement for producers of movies except for the actual disc manufacturers, which can lose their licenses if they produce certain types of movies ('adult' content on Blu-Ray, for example). So I guess it's at the discretion of the replication facilities.
2008 January 9th, 12:52
Not sure about everything, but I will try to add some insight where I can..
As far as I know, when it comes to DVD/Blu-Ray mastering and the use of logos, you obviously want to get permission to use any logos that aren't yours. Do you plan on mastering these yourself, at your house, or were you going to have a business do it?
As far as the filtering process, I don't think there is any. As long as it is legal in your community/state then I don't see an issue with it. There is now professional companies making adult movies and getting them on Blu-Ray, so that should not be an issue. If you are a private individual, or just even have a small company, I don't see that you would have to worry about anything.
For large companies, I think I read that they do not want an adult videos pressed on Blu-Ray, at the same facility that Disney material gets pressed at, so there is no mixup.
If you can give more specifics on what you are wanting, maybe someone else can chime in with an answer they have personal experience in.
2008 January 9th, 18:36
I'm not producing 'adult' content but that was the only example I could find of any disc technology producers denying the use of their products for certain media.
Since my computer can't handle blu-ray I would be paying a third party to author it and/or export to DLT, then send that to a seperate manufacturer to produce blu-Ray discs. However, this is problematic for several reasons (mostly because I couldn't really preview it with the hardware I have). I've heard that getting manufacturers to author discs is a bad idea, but I'm not sure. Sounds like maybe I should stick to DVD.
As for the logo, I found this if anyone is interested: http://www.dvdfllc.co.jp/logo/lg_nature.html ...it sounds, again, like the legal requirements are on the manufacturers only.
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