How to Get Rights to Sell DVDs

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Selling DVDs without resell rights is a violation of copyright laws and you could be subject to fines up to $150,000 or even go to jail. When an author produces a DVD he usually protects his work with copyright laws that safeguard the author's work from others distributing or reproducing his product. If you are granted resell rights of DVDs, then you are authorized to sell DVDS that are produced by others, and sometimes you are even allowed to make changes to their work.

Things You'll Need

  • Resell rights contract
  • Decide the format of the DVDs you want to sell. DVDs are used to produce software, music, or video. Focus on the types of DVDs you intend to sell and make an advertising plan (a selling strategy) for the industry for that type of DVD market. Visit the library, electronic stores or websites to search titles of DVDs that interest you.

  • Contact each author of the DVDs. Visit the library to research the producers of the DVDs. Review the inside covers or back labels of the DVDs to find the production companies or authors. Call the originators of the DVDs and inform them of your request to purchase resell rights.

  • Get resell rights. The type of resell rights that are permitted to you will determine the extent of how you can sell the DVDs and how much you can earn from the sale. The most common types of resale rights are: royalty rights, which require you to pay the authors of the DVDs a percentage of the profits; resell rights, in which you retain 100 percent of the profits; basic resell rights, for which you keep 100 percent of the profits, but customers who purchase the DVDs are restricted from selling the product; private label rights, for which you keep 100 percent of the profits and you can add your name to the DVDs as the author; and master resell rights, for which you keep 100 percent of profits and you have authority to either sell the DVD or you can sell the DVD resell rights.

  • Sign a resell rights contract with the creators of the DVDs. A contract will provide legal documentation of your rights to sell the DVDs and will include the purchase price for the rights. Authors of the DVDs will charge you a fee to buy the rights, which can cost thousands of dollars.

  • Join a resell rights membership company. A resell rights company sells resell rights for a variety of products to members.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult with a lawyer before signing a contract with an author to purchase resell rights for their DVDs to protect your best interest.

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