AACS for independent producers
This article addresses the AACS process and fees for new Blu-ray Disc™ authors. No aspect of Blu-ray Disc™ production has caused more confusion and consternation than the mandatory AACS requirement. This article was assembled from real-world replication experience and several conversations with AACS LA and replication companies.
Final AACS Licensing Agreements include Fee Reductions, Managed Copy and Analog “Sunset” provision
The Final AACS Licensing agreements were finalized on June 5, 2009. Since launching the Blu-ray Disc™ format in 2006, companies had been operating under an interim AACS licensing agreement. The final agreements contain some significant price reductions, particularly for low-volume (under 2,000) replication runs.
Summary of Fee Reductions:
|AACS Content Provider License||$3,000 one-time||$500/year||New annual fee option|
|AACS Title Key Certificate||$1,300||$500||$800 savings per master|
|AACS per-disc Royalty||$0.04/disc||$0.04/disc||No change|
What do these fee reductions mean in real terms? They have the most impact on publishers who are making their first Blu-ray Disc™, as well as anyone who is dealing in low-volume replication runs.
Example : A first-time publisher is replicating 1,000 copies of a Blu-ray Disc™. Under the temporary agreements, the publisher was required to pay $3,000 (one-time fee) prior to replication and then $1,300 in Title Key certificate fees plus $40 ($.04/disc AACS royalty). That was $4.34/disc on top of the actual replication costs. Under the final licensing agreements, the publisher pays $500 up front (keep in mind that this is an annual fee) plus $540 in Title Key Certs and royalties – this amounts to $1.04/disc. Replication costs can now be found at about $2.25/disc.
Managed Copy is optional for all Blu-ray™ projects being replicated.
For more information, please contact DoStudio Support or reference the DSA user manual.
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