Potential Copyright Issue?..........

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  1. browsking

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    Hi folks..................Long time no post,

    Quick question............

    If I hire out my H.C. equipment to someone who invites a group of friends to their own home and watches a movie (rented or bought) is there likely to be any infringement of the 'home use only' licence that appears with most retail and rental DVD's??????????????

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  2. shahedz

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    dont see why it would be an issue, its not like hes making copies or charging people to watch it, he's using it in the comfort of his own home not a commerical property , with a bunch of freinds,
     
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    doubt you'll get caught if it is.
     
  4. browsking

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    Have got an idea for a small pt buisiness based loosely around this concept (dont want to give too much away!) Want to make sure its legal..........
     
  5. unique

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    i'm no expert, but if renting out the equipment, there shouldn't be a problem. you will need to check to see if you need a licence for renting stuff, plus of course the appropriate insurance cover, including public liability, in case something blows up or electricutes someone, or sets their house on fire

    if you are renting out or letting people borrow the media, such as dvd, vhs, cd, etc, then thats another story, in which you will probably need appropriate licenses

    if people are borrowing the equipement from you and playing thier own media, then it's probably up to them to arrange the appropriate licences for playback if any are required. if people are watching in thier own home and not charging an entry fee, there shouldn't be a problem, but in a public place like bar or club, school or prison, there could be licences required, but it would be up to the owners/organisers. at the start of most uk dvds there are warnings about needing licences for non home use
     
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    With regards to unique's point, renting the media would cause problems, however if you were charge them to buy the dvd and then they were to give it you back as a gift... it might not be such a problem.
     
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    I assume your business idea is along the lines of hiring out home cinema equipement (and presumably setting it up in the hirer's home).

    Given you are not providing the media I cannot see how you would be in breach of copyright however it would be worth putting in your T&Cs that the hirer is responsible for ensuring they dont break copyright when using your equipment but if they do then it is their own responsibility.

    You will need to consider and look into other issues though - public liability insurance probably wont be compulsary (unless the hire will be coming to "you" to collect) but may be a good idea otherwise your home/ property/ car etc could all be taken to pay an injury claim if your equipment was to become faulty.

    If you are operating your business from home your home insurance will no longer cover your kit as standard - it may be able to be added as a specialist business item but some will require you to take out a commercial policy. Likewise you will need to check with your council - some will make you change your properties status from residential to commercial and therefore you have to pay business rates rather than council tax etc.

    If you are serious about starting a business then have a word with your local Business Link - they can give very good advice and will know local by-laws etc.
     
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    Thanks for all the usefull info folks...........

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