Home Video Licensing Agreement

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This Home Video Licensing Agreement is between the owner of the video (licensor) and a distributor. This document effectively gives distributor a license to distribute the video in a set territory for a specific amount of time. This form is for use in all states and available for immediate download.

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This Home Video Licensing Agreement is between a licensor who owns the video and a distributor. This agreement effectively gives distributor a license to distribute the video in a set territory (United States and English-speaking Canada) for a specified amount of time. Specific terms of the arrangement are set out within this document including distribution territory, royalties and the obligations and responsibilities of the parties. It is important that this licensing agreement is set out in writing, not just by oral agreement. A written Home Video Licensing Agreement will be valuable in the event of disagreements or misunderstandings between the parties.

This Home Video Licensing Agreement contains the following provisions:
  • Parties: The names of the licensor and distributor and the title of the video or video collection;
  • Term of License: Sets out the number of years the distributor can distribute the licensed video in the Licensed Territory;
  • Reproduction: Distributor has the right to manufacture Video Grams (videodiscs, DVDís and similar devices) of the original video but must have permission from licensor to make any alterations;
  • Copyright: A statement of copyright must be stamped or imprinted on all video grams;
  • Royalties: Licensor will receive a percentage of distributorís gross receipts as royalties as defined in the agreement;
  • Costs and Obligations: Distributor shall bear all costs and obligations regarding distribution of the video;
  • Books and Records: Distributor shall maintain complete books and records with regard to all video sales which licensor has the right to examine upon giving reasonable notice;
  • Breach of Agreement: Any breach will be resolved through binding arbitration;
  • Signatures: The licensor and distributor must sign and date the agreement.

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State Law Compliance: This form complies with the laws of all states
Number of Pages8
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
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Product number#28009
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This Agreement between _________________, residing at _________________ (herein called “Licensor”), and _________________, (herein called “Distributor”), a _________________ corporation, is for the licensing to the domestic (United States and English-speaking Canada) home video market for the program “_________________,” (herein “Program”) a collection of titles as set forth in Schedule “A”, which is owned by Licensor.
1. Licensor licenses his interest in the program to Distributor for distribution to the domestic (U.S. & Canada) home video market (Licensed Territory”) for a term of _________________ (_________________) years and one month from the date this agreement is executed by both parties.
2. Licensor hereby grants Distributor the exclusive and irrevocable right, license and privilege in the Licensed territory (Domestic only) and in the Licensed Field (home video only) to manufacture Video Grams (videocassettes, Videodiscs, DVDs and similar devices) of the program and to sell, lease, license, rent, distribute, reproduce, perform, exploit, advertise and otherwise market such Video Grams during the term hereof. Distributor promises to use its efforts to market and distribute the program.
3. Distributor shall reproduce and incorporate the Program into Video Grams in its entirety in the form delivered by Licensor to Distributor, with no titles, credits, copyright notices, or other material changed, added to, omitted or edited without Licensor prior written approval, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
4. All rights not expressly granted hereunder are reserved to Licensor including the use of any Video Grams for viewing in any place of public assembly where an admission fee is charged, for broadcasting by television or cable, whether free or pay for public exhibition in the traditional non-theatrical market, sequels and remakes, or for theatrical exhibition. Distributor shall only have the right to distribute the Program to the domestic home video market, to be used for exhibition on a television set for private home use only.
5. Licensor is not in any way obliged to license to Distributor any new programs Licensor may produce in the future.
6. Distributor shall cause to be stamped or imprinted on the Video Grams or their packaging enclosures a statement substantially to the effect that: “The copyright proprietor has licensed the material contained herein for noncommercial private use only, and prohibits any other use, copying or reproduction in whole or in part.
7. For each Video Gram of the program sold, rented or otherwise vended in the Licensed Territory during the Term, Distributor shall pay Licensor a royalty equal to _________________% of such Gross Receipts as Distributor derives therefrom. “Gross Receipts” shall be defined, computed, paid and accounted for in accordance with the provisions of Schedule “B” attached and incorporated by this reference. Gross receipts shall include any and all income received from the exploitation of the Program regardless of source.
8. Distributor shall bear all costs and obligations with respect to the distribution of the Program, including but not limited to all salaries, royalties, license fees, service charges, laboratory charges and the like. Licensor shall have no obligation for past, current or future salaries, royalties, residuals, deferments, license fees, service charges, laboratory charges or similar charges.
9. Distributor shall maintain complete books and records with respect to all Video Grams sold, leased, licensed or rented. Distributor will render to Licensor, on a quarterly basis, a written statement of Licensors royalties following the conclusion of each quarterly accounting period and shall be accompanied by payment of any amount shown to be due Licensor.
10. Licensor shall have the right to examine the books and records of Distributor to the extent they pertain to the Program. Such examination shall be made during reasonable business hours, upon reasonable advance notice, at the regular place of business of Distributor where such books and records are to be maintained.
11. In any instance where revenues are earned or deductions allowed with regard to a group of films or video programs including the Program, Distributor shall make such allocations as are determined by Distributor in good faith, and gross receipts hereunder shall only include the amounts allocated to the Program.
12. All monies due or payable to Licensor shall be deemed held in trust by Distributor for Licensor. Licensor shall be deemed to have a lien or claim on the gross receipts. Distributors obligation shall include interest at the legal rate of interest (currently 10% per annum) on any amounts due Licensor when such amounts are 30 days or more past due.
13. Distributor may only assign its obligations under this agreement to a person, corporation or other entity purchasing substantially all of the assets of the Distributor or into which Distributor shall be merged and which assumes Distributors obligations hereunder. Licensor shall be entitled to assign its right to receive monies hereunder. No assignment shall relieve the assignor of its obligations to the other party hereunder.
15. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to create a partnership or joint venture by or between the Distributor and Licensor or to make either the agent of the other. Each party agrees not to hold itself out as a partner or agent of the other or to otherwise state or imply by advertising or otherwise any relationship that is contrary to the terms of this agreement. Neither party shall become liable or bound by any representation, act, omission or agreement of the other.  All matters involving the distribution, lease, exhibition, sale, licensing and reissuing of the program, shall be exercised by the Distributor in accordance with its sound business judgment.
16. This agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and shall be binding upon, the executors, administrators and assigns of the parties.
17. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof to any Person or circumstance shall be invalid or unenforceable to any extent, the remainder of this Agreement and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby and shall be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by law.
18. The parties agree to execute such further documents and instruments as you may reasonably request in order to effectuate the terms and intentions of this agreement, and in the event either party is unable to execute any such documents or instruments, each appoints the other as their irrevocable attorney in fact to execute any such documents and instruments, provided that said documents and instruments shall not be inconsistent with the terms and conditions of this agreement. The rights under this Clause constitute a power coupled with an interest and are irrevocable.
19. This agreement expresses the entire understanding between the parties and both agree that no oral understandings have been made with regard thereto. This agreement may be amended only by written instrument signed by both parties. Each party acknowledges that it has not been induced to enter this agreement by any representations or assurances, whether written or oral, and agree that each has not received any promises or inducements other than as herein set forth.
20. This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of ___________________________, applicable to agreements executed and to be wholly performed therein. Any controversy or claim arising out of or in relation to this Agreement or the validity, construction or performance of this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be resolved by arbitration in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), said rules may be amended from time to time with rights of discovery if requested by the arbitrator. Such rules and procedures are incorporated and made a part of this Agreement by reference. If IFTA shall refuse to accept jurisdiction of such dispute, then the parties agree to arbitrate such matter before and in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association under its jurisdiction in ______________________________ before a single arbitrator familiar with entertainment law. The parties shall have the right to engage in pre-hearing discovery in connection with such arbitration proceedings. The parties agree hereto that they will abide by and perform any award rendered in any arbitration conducted pursuant hereto, that any court having jurisdiction thereof may issue a judgment based upon such award and that the prevailing party in such arbitration and/or confirmation proceeding shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys fees and expenses. The arbitration will be held in __________________ and any award shall be final, binding and non-appealable. The Parties agree to accept service of process in accordance with the IFTA Rules.
Date: _____________________________
Date: _____________________________
“Gross Receipts” shall be defined and all monies due hereunder shall be paid in accordance with the following terms:
(a) Definition of Gross Receipts: “Gross Receipts” means all monies (subject to the exclusions in subclause (b) below actually received by Distributor or any of its affiliates from the exploitation by Distributor of the rights granted to Distributor hereunder.
(b) Exclusions from Gross Receipts: Gross receipts shall be determined after all refunds, credits, discounts, allowances and adjustments granted to subdistributors, wholesalers, retailers and other purchases and licensees. Additionally, gross receipts shall not include:
      (1) Any monies derived by any local subdistributor, wholesaler or retailer from sale of Video Grams, whether or not such subdistributor, wholesaler, or retailer is owned, operated, managed or controlled by Distributor; provided, however, that in the event of any such owned, operated or managed subdistributor, wholesaler or retailer, Distributor agrees that the terms of sale or lease of any Video Grams to any such entity shall be substantially the same as the terms of sale or lease of Video Grams to unrelated entities, in accordance with industry standards. If Distributor derives any rental income hereunder from its exploitation of the Picture, Distributor agrees to negotiate in good faith with Licensor concerning any allocation of the income between the two parties.
(2) Any sums due, but not paid Distributor; provided that Distributor agrees to use all reasonable efforts consistent with its prudent business judgment to collect such sums owed it.
(3) The salvage value of any videotape, cassettes or other materials purchased by or manufactured by Distributor and not sold as Video Grams.
(4) Taxes: Gross receipts shall not include any and all sums paid or accrued on account of sales, use, value added, receipts, excise, remittance and other taxes (however denominated, except income taxes) to any government authority, assessed upon the Video Grams or any other materials relating to the Program.
(5) Any sum paid or accrued on account of freight, shipping, handling and insurance in connection with the sale of Video Grams.
(6) Royalties paid to __________________ or his assigns in accordance with the contract between ________________ and the same, as set forth in “Schedule C” attached.
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