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is the BBFC?
The BBFC give the public information that empowers them to make appropriate
viewing decisions for themselves and those in their care. They help
to protect vulnerable viewers and society from the effects of viewing
potentially harmful or unsuitable content while respecting adult freedom
The BBFC provide media industries with the security
and confidence of cost-effective, publicly trusted regulation and
help to protect providers of moving image content from inadvertent
breaches of UK law.
Do I need a BBFC Classification Certificate for my DVD?
The British Board of Film Classification certificate and their ratings
system (U, PG, 15, etc.) relates to feature films at the cinema
or manufactured on DVD for rental or sell-through.
Most of customers, however, produce DVD programmes that fall into
one of these categories...
* Niche market sport or hobby sell-through video
* Music video for sell-through or promotion
* Educational, self improvement, lifestyle, or entrepreneurship programme
* Corporate promotional or training programme
As such it's likely that you can, at your own discretion, deem it
to be "Exempt from Classification". This can be stated on
the packaging along with the "E" symbol.
The BBFC state : "The 'E' symbol on video
packaging indicates that the distributor believes the work to be exempt
from classification. Under the Video Recordings Act 1984, a video
is an exempted work if is designed to inform, educate or instruct;
is concerned with sport, religion or music; or is a video game. However,
if such a work depicts human sexual activity or gross violence to
any significant extent it will need a BBFC classification. The 'E'
symbol is not an official symbol and does not have any legal standing.
Nor is it a requirement that it should appear on video cassettes,
unlike the BBFC classification symbols. Under the Video Recordings
Act, the onus is on the distributor to decide whether or not a video
work is an exempted work, and distributors have tended to put an 'E'
symbol on tapes as guidance to the public. The Board does not examine
exempted works and does not decide whether or not a work is exempt."
How do I contact the BBFC?
The BBFC web site with contact details and more detailed information
can be found at http://www.bbfc.co.uk