How do I obtain a license to publish another company's old, non-monetized software?
December 3, 2011 11:19 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal?
posted by Lakmir to Work & Money (6 answers total)
Some details: The software in question is part of a larger IP umbrella that has not made the rights holder (Capcom Co Ltd or some subsidiary thereof) any money in at least six or seven years. In fact, this particular title has not been published by the current rights holder; it was transferred to them as part of a large corporate sale in 1999. Further, it was only ever published in Japan.
I am, of course, just one person, and it's kind of intimidating to approach a corporate giant of Capcom's size with a business proposition that might not even make them all that much money. At least at base, my proposal would be to offer to handle all of the publication, advertisement, and distribution details while paying a royalty for each sale - essentially, risk-free money. If they're worried about it flopping their name need not be mentioned except buried in whatever licensing legalese has to be included with each copy.
I guess I'm just feeling really overwhelmed by the scope of this, and I don't really know how to approach it. I want to develop a definite plan of action before I make any rash/drastic phone calls, but I also don't want to let my fear of this get the best of me. Help!