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All About the DVD Logo- What is it? Do we really need it?


What is a DVD logo? Do we really have to put it on our DVD? What is it for? Can we just download the logo on the internet or do we have to get it from some organization?

If you’re a filmmaker, sometimes a very small thing like a DVD logo can be such a pain in the neck.

I know you’re too busy for these things. That’s why, to make life a bit easier for you, I researched and made a brief summary about the DVD logo. Hope you’ll find this helpful.

What is it?

The DVD Logo is a is a Trademark owned by DVD FLLC, a Japanese company with shareholders like Philips, Sony, Time Warner, and many others.  The logo symbolizes the legitimacy and better compliance of the DVD product. It simply shows that the product was manufactured by a Licensee (legitimacy) and that the product passed the Verification test (better compliance).

Is it required?

No. The logo is not required. And it has nothing to do with copyright issues. It is only advised if you want your DVD to appear ‘legitimate’ and of high standards.

What does the logo signify?
Legitimacy

Only companies that signed the DVD Format/Logo License Agreement and became Licensees are permitted to use the Format Specifications and the Logo for their products. If a non-Licensee uses the Logo for their products, that company is violating the Trademark Laws, which in turn make their products pirated-goods.

Better Compliance

The use of the Logo is strongly recommended to show that the product has passed the Verification requirements. There is one Test Specification for each of the Product Category of DVD products, which are allowed to carry the Logo. Let us say that a disc has the Logo for DVD Video on it. This means that the disc may be reproduced on a player that also carries the DVD Video Logo.

Who can Use the logo?

As many of you may know, DVD Logo signifies DVD Format Compliance. Therefore, the DVD logo may be applied on the products from the licensed manufacturers that have passed Verification at Class A Verification Laboratories.
Followings are the business categories that are eligible to apply for our License; basically other businesses are not allowed to use DVD Logo on their own.

What Businesses may apply for the License?

1) Replicators of pre-recorded DVD discs / Manufacturers of writable DVD discs
2) Manufacturers of DVD Players, Recorders, Drives, Decoders and PC Recording and Authoring Software.
3) Manufacturers of other DVD Products that utilize the information disclosed in the DVD Format Books.These include IC Chips and professional authoring tools, etc. (It must be noted that the products under this category are not permitted to carry the DVD Logo, since there are no established methods for Verifying these items).

This is perhaps another reason why it’s much better to go to a licensed duplication company than to burn your DVDs at home.

If you want to read more about the DVD logo, visit the DVD FLLC’s main site.
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