Copyrights; commissioning a collecting society or applying for a usage license

Authors of literary, scientific and artistic works enjoy protection for their works in accordance with the Copyright Act. Accordingly, the author has, among other things, the exclusive right to publicly reproduce his work.

Description

In many areas, authors have the option of commissioning a collecting society to manage their rights. Collecting societies are subject to state supervision with regard to their monopoly and fiduciary status. The German Patent and Trademark Office exercises this supervision on the basis of the Collecting Societies Act.

The following collecting societies are authorized to conduct business in Germany

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  • Society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights (GEMA)
  • Collecting society Bild-Kunst (VG Bild-Kunst)
  • Collecting society Wort (VG Wort)
  • Collecting society for rights of use in cinematographic works (VGF)
  • Collecting society Musikedition (VG Musikedition)
  • Society for the Assumption and Administration of Film Performance Rights (GÜFA)
  • Collecting society of film and television producers mbH (VFF)
  • Society for the Administration of Film and Television Rights mbH (GWFF)
  • Copyright Protection Society mbH (AGICOA)
  • Gesellschaft zur Verwertung der Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte von Sendeunternehmen und Presseverlegern mbH (VG Media) (Society for the Exploitation of Copyright and Neighboring Rights of Broadcasting Companies and Press Publishers)
  • Verwertungsgesellschaft Treuhandgesellschaft Werbefilm GmbH (VG TWF)
  • Society for the exploitation of ancillary copyrights mbH (GVL)
  • Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Veranstalterrechten mbH (GWVR) (Society for the Administration of Broadcasting Rights)

For more information on collecting societies, see "Related Links."

It follows from the author's exclusive right that the use of the copyrighted material (e.g., through the performance of a musical work or the stage presentation of a spoken work) is only permitted with the consent of the author or the holder of the exclusive right of use. If the author has commissioned a collecting society to administer his rights, the necessary license must be obtained from the society.

Conversely, performing artists and event organizers have a property right related to copyright (ancillary copyright) in their performance, which can also be administered collectively by a collecting society. In Germany, this task is performed by the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH (GVL).

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Tarife & Formulare - GEMA
    Please note

    This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.

Links to more information

Status: 30.03.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Justiz

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  • Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
  • Online transactions, locally limited
  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, locally limited
  • Fees, Bavaria-wide
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