Video product copyright question

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  • Hi all,

    I found out that many kids video in US market are very good, and I am thinking to reproduce them in my home country. My questions are,
    1. How can I find out who the copyright holders are?
    2. How to contact them?
    3. How much will it cost for a sigle Video cassette or DVD (or the whole series).
    Beside these questions, any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks a lot in advance.
  • I'm not sure if anyone here has the expertise to answer your question at this time; this site is primarily for libraries and copyright (although obviously we chime in on other copyright related subjects).

    Because copyright no longer requires registration, there is no central authority to find a copyright holder. Your best bet is to look at the show, and see who the show is copyrighted to- look for the production company or actual copyright information from the show itself. You can usually track down the production company fairly easily- a simple Google search usually turns something up. If the production company isn't the copyright holder, there's a decent chance they have the copyright holder's info.

    If you can find a name for copyrighted materials, the Watch File from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas may be useful:

    For your third question, it varies wildly. There's no set rate. The copyright holder sets the rate in each case.

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