– Act of January 9, 1907 on Copyright in Artistic Works and Photography, as amended.
– Act on Copyright and Related Rights, in force since September 9, 1965, as amended.
– Act on the Management of Copyright and Related Rights by Collecting Societies, in force since June 1, 2016, as amended.

Membership in International Conventions

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
– Universal Copyright Convention.
– Phonograms Convention.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement.
– Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations.
– WIPO Copyright Treaty.
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.


Registration is not required for owners of an original work. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created.  

Duration: during the lifetime of the author, plus 70 years after his death.


Authority name: German Patent and Trademark Office.  Internet address: www.dpma.de  

Collective Management Organizations: a full list of CMOs, which are authorized to conduct business in Germany, is available on the website of the German Patent and Trademark Office at the following link (only in German) www.dpma.de/dpma/wir_ueber_uns/weitere_aufgaben/verwertungsges_urheberrecht/aufsicht_verwertungsges/liste_vg/index.html