Consulting regarding collecting societies

Are you the originator/author of a work and would like to commission a collecting society (e.g. GEMA [German Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction] or VG Wort [German collection society for written works]) with the management of your rights? Do you require support for negotiating with a collecting society? Or do you have legal questions in connection with the use of a work being managed by a collecting society?

What we offer

After execution of an authorization contract, collecting societies manage certain copyright authorizations for their members. A work being managed by a collecting society can also be used by third parties in exchange for payment according to scale within the scope of the usage rights granted by the collecting society; rights violated by third parties are tracked by the collecting society. Certain copyright claims can only be asserted by a collecting society. The revenues are distributed to the authorized parties by means of a distribution plan. Although the collection agreement has standardized stipulations, the scope of the granting of rights to the collecting society can at least partially be created in individual cases. It is also possible to "recall" certain usage rights.

We can answer your questions associated with joining a collecting society and support you in registering your works and performances. If you are already a member of a collecting society, we can advise and represent you in the event of a conflict with the collecting society. This also applies if you would like to use a work being managed by a collecting society.

Scope of service

  • Consulting and representation in matters involving collecting societies
  • Consulting with respect to the legal options and the strategic procedure
  • Examination and assessment of the technical and legal situation
  • Representation before the Board of Arbitration for copyright disputes at the DPMA and before all district and regional courts in Germany


We normally offer these services to you calculated according to the time spent at a suitable hourly rate. We believe that cost transparency and cost reliability obviously form the basis of successful cooperation. We will be happy to provide you with an estimate of the expected costs and the cost risk before taking the job.

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