Publishing of sound recordings (

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The following formalities are performed by responsible authorities and can also be handled via the Point of Single Contact if necessary. Please specify the location via Change selection. If you choose "To the responsible Point of Single Contact for ..." (if available), the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact are displayed. The contact details of the competent authority/-ies are displayed after choosing the formality.

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

If you would like to hire an employee you need to proceed with the following steps. These formalities CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

If the employment is terminated you also have to inform the authorities where the employee has been registered.

  • Posting of workers to Germany; registration and other obligations

    When posting employees to Germany, the Employee Posting Act must be observed. This law obliges both employers based in Germany and employers based abroad who employ workers in Germany to comply with statutory and, in certain sectors, collectively agreed working conditions. In addition, employers are subject to further obligations.

Characteristics and key concepts of the service

This service includes:

  • Publishing and distribution of sound recordings to wholesalers or retailers or directly to the customers. These activities may be performed by the same unit which also records the master recordings. If that is not the case, the unit performing these activities is under obligation to obtain the rights for reproduction and distribution of the original recordings. This service also includes the publishing and distribution of electronic files containing sound recordings which can be downloaded and saved to local hard disks (music downloads).


  • Aufnahmestudio
  • Bücher, mit CD-ROM gleichen Inhalts in einer Verpackung, Verlag
  • Compact Discs (Tonträger), Verlag
  • Digitale Medien (Verlag)
  • Digitalmedien (Verlag)
  • DVD (Digital Versatile Discs), Verlag
  • Hörbuchverlag
  • Kassettentonbänder, Verlag
  • Musikkassetten, Verlag
  • Schallplatten, Verlag
  • Studios (H.von Hörfunkbeiträgen, nicht durch Hörfunkveranstalter)
  • Tonträger, bespielte, Verlag
  • Verlag für bespielte Tonträger
  • Verlag von bespielten Tonträgern