Licensing

Introduction

Note : The CD-R Disc Patent License Agreement is no longer offered and has been replaced by the VEEZA Patent License Agreement and Annexes.

Welcome to the CD-R Disc (Philips only) VEEZA licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.

If you are a buyer of CD-R discs and want to ensure that you are buying licensed products, please visit our special buyer page.

CD-R Disc Patent License (Philips only) VEEZA 
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of CD-R discs. Our license provides CD-R disc manufacturers with all the required Philips patents in a package.
Please note that in addition to the essential patents of Philips, other parties may own patents relevant for the system concerned. These patents are NOT included in this license agreement. For information on the conditions of these licenses please these other parties directly.

Philips offers a joint license that also covers essential patents of Sony and Taiyo Yuden. For full details, click CD-R Disc joint


 

Licensing policy

Philips has a general licensing policy for CD, DVD and BD related products.

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Detailed Description

The detailed terms and conditions of the licensing program are described in the patent license agreement that you can find in the patents/agreements section.

Some important information:
The Philips only CD-R Disc Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips. A worldwide list of the essential patents, together with applicable expiry dates is attached to the agreement. Under the terms of the standard license agreement we only require payment of royalties of patents where any of these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.

CD-R disc licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the CD-R Disc Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, Philips shall not require the payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.

Reference copies of the current version of the Philips CD-R Disc Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant Annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.

 

Patents / Agreements

Patent Lists :

Annex B for CD-R Disc

Annex B: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R Disc - CD-R part

Annex B: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R Disc - CD-General part

Annex B for CD-R Multi Speed Disc

Annex B-MS - Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R Multi-Speed Disc - CD-R part

Annex B-MS - Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R Multi-Speed Disc - CD-R Multi Speed part

Annex B for CD-R High Capacity

Annex B-HC: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R High Capacity Disc - CD-R part

Annex B-HC: Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-R High Capacity Disc - CD-R HC part 
 

Essentiality reports:

Essentiality report of EP patents mentioned in Annex B, evaluated by Cohausz & Florack: Essential Philips (PH) patents relevant to CD-R Disc/CD-R part.

Essentiality report of US patents mentioned in Annex B, evaluated by Proskauer Rose LLP: Essential Philips (PH) patents relevant to CD-R Disc/CD-R part (includes also essentiality report relevant to CD-R MS and CD-RW)

Agreements for manufacturers:

Registration Agreement for CD-R Disc manufacturers - 200908

Registration Agreement for CD-R Multispeed Disc manufacturers - 20060912

Registration Agreement for CD-R High-Capacity Disc manufacturers - 20060912

Agreements for manufacturers in a non-patent country:

Registration Agreement for CD-R Disc Manufacturers in Non-Patent Countries - For use in countries where Philips does not have essential CD-R Disc patents - 200908

Registration Agreement for CD-R Multispeed Disc Manufacturers in Non-Patent Countries - For use in countries where Philips does not have essential CD-R Multispeed Disc patents - 20060912

Registration Agreement for CD-R High-Capacity Disc Manufacturers in Non-Patent Countries - For use in countries where Philips does not have essential CD-R High-Capacity Disc patents - 20060912

Agreements for traders:

Registration Agreement for CD-R Disc Traders - 20060912

Registration Agreement for CD-R Multispeed Disc Traders - 20060912

Registration Agreement for CD-R High-Capacity Disc Traders - 20060912

Agreement for stamper manufacturers:

Non-Assert Agreement for CD-R Disc Stamper Manufacturers - For stamper manufacturers who wish to sell stampers with an embedded Veeza registration logo - 200600912



+link to patent history

Services / Information

Ordering & Services: We provide a number of services for optical disc and drive manufacturers. These include:
· Physical and logical verification
· Specification documents
· Test discs
· Tools

. Ordering specifications
. Ordering Information Agreements

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section

FAQ

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What is CDs21 Solutions?

CDs21 Solutions is a voluntary association to promote CDs (compact discs). It was created by a merger of the Multimedia CD Consortium (MMCD), so far promoting CD-i and Video CD, and the Orange Forum (OSJ) specifically focusing on CD-R/RW among these standards.

More info at http://www.cds21solutions.org/

This website provides technical details, including the OSJ information, and is partly password protected.


What is OSJ Disc Identification?

The OSJ a Disc Identification Method is provided by CDs21 Solutions’ Technical Working Group-1. Using this code appropriately, each drive can optimize the writing conditions for every disc. The result is better interchangeability between CD-R discs and CD-R drives.

The identification method has 3 parts:

Disc IDentification Code (DID code)


Manufacturer code (M code)

The M code indicates the manufacturer of a disc. By reading this code, CD-R writers can identify the (supposed) manufacturer of an inserted disc.


Type code (T code)

The T code indicates a recording characteristic of a disc. By reading this code, CD-R writers can identify the recording characteristics of an inserted disc: T1 code and T2 code.


For details on the method and the actual codes: go to http://www.cds21solutions.org/ (members area)


Notes: A number of technology providers have allowed several manufacturers to use their DID. By doing so the technology providers have accepted responsibility for the recording characteristics of such discs.

To manufacture discs with a DID code, without permission of the holder of the DID code is misleading and may influence the reputation of the products of such companies.


What are Phase Change Recordings?

These are described in the attached document


What is a RID Code? What is a MID code?

As result of the discussions, between the consumer electronics manufacturers and the recording industry, measures are taken to respond to copyright and the piracy problems


The Recorder IDentification code (RID code) enables a trace for each disc back to the exact machine on which it was made using coded information in the recording itself. The use of the RID code is mandatory.Detailed information and the application form can be found in the following document


What is the SID code?

The CD replication industry developed a code system (SID code also known as IFPI code) to be employed by CD, DVD & SA-CD manufacturing plants to identify all discs mastered and/or replicated in their plant. Each CD-, DVD- and SA-CD manufacturing facility around the world has their own unique code and this enables the music industry to trace the origin of CDs.

The Source IDentification Code (SID Code) provides an optical disc production facility with the means to identify:
- all discs mastered and/or replicated in its plant;

- and the individual Laser Beam Recorder (LBR) signal processor or mould that produced a particular stamper or disc.

Each production facility that wishes to implement the use of the SID Code is issued with its own unique code(s). The SID Code was developed for use with the CD format, but is now being used for both CD and High Density disc formats, including DVD and Super Audio CD.

The SID Code was developed jointly by rights owners and the optical disc industry, primarily as an anti-piracy tool. However, since its introduction in 1994, the SID Code has proved a major benefit to optical disc producers. Its use both as a quality control tool and as a marketing tool has ensured that the SID Code, which was introduced on a purely voluntary basis, has now been implemented in over 80% of the world’s optical disc plants, representing over 90% of worldwide optical disc manufacturing capacity.

Link to IFPI

Document: SID code implementation guide

Document: Application form SID code

Document: Good Business Practices for optical disc mastering & manufacturing plants

Does Philips provide Formatters for mastering systems?
Yes. For info go to our Mastering?Analyzers page

 

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