Welcome to the Video CD Disc joint licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.
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Video Disc Patent License
We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of Video CD Disc. Our combined licensed provides Video CD Disc manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony and Pioneer patents in a package. Please note that separate licenses are also offered by Sony and Pioneer under each of their respective patents. For information on the conditions of these separate licenses, please contact these other parties directly.
Philips offers a Philips-only license that covers the Philips patents for Video CD Disc. For full details, click Video CD Disc (Philips only)
For the dedicated Sony License Program see : http://www.sony.net/license/
To download the document, please provide the following information.
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 joint Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony, France Telecom, IRT, JVC and MEI. 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 will 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.
Video CD Disc licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, we do not require payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.
Reference copies of the current version of the joint Video CD 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.
As part of new licenses and as part of settlement of disputes, manufacturers are now required to sign a side-letter setting forth the mandatory LSCD requirement. Such side-letters are also available to existing manufacturers wishing to demonstrate to their customers that they will only ship products covered by a valid LSCD issued by Philips. Manufacturers with this requirement are listed on Philips Licensee database with an asterisk (*). For more information about LSCD’s please visit our Supplier/Buyer page.
Patents / Agreements
Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for Video CD Disc.
Video CD Disc Patent lists
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
Video CD Disc/CD General part
Annex A Essential Philips' and Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/CD General part
Video CD Disc/CD-ROM XA Sub-mode 2
Annex A Essential Philips' and Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/CD-ROM XA Sub-mode 2 (Mode 2 Form 1) part
Video CD Disc/Video CD part
Annex A Essential Philips', IRT's, France Telecom's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/Video CD part
Annex A Essential Sony's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/Video CD part
Annex A Essential MEI's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/Video CD part
Annex A Essential JVC's patents relevant to Video CD (VCD) Disc/Video CD part
+ link to change history of patent lists
Reference copies of current version of the Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.
These versions are intended for prospective licensees:
Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A
Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement (Philips, Sony, MEI, JVC, France Télécom, IRT) - USA -
+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World
Video CD Disc Patent License Agreement (Philips, Sony, MEI, JVC, France Télécom, IRT) - Rest of the World -
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines, Manufacturing Equipment list and Side Letters go to section Annexes
The royalty rate is determined by one key factor:
1) Status of the licensee
If the company fulfills certain conditions, such as complete, true and accurate reporting and timely payment, reward rates are available. Otherwise the standard rate applies.
Note of caution
Compliance reward royalty rates are only made available to licensees who are in FULL compliance with their obligations under the license agreement.
Regular Video CD Disc
|Video CD||0.05 USD||0.03 USD|
Note: In the event of any discrepancy in respect of the above information with relevant license agreements, the license agreements shall prevail. All terms and conditions will be subject to relevant license agreements
Overview of royalty rates for all formats
+ link to overview of royalty rates for all formats
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
. Ordering specifications
For more information go to the Ordering & Services section
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General Licensing information
This document explains our main principles for administering licensing programs related to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc. This document is for information purposes only.