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Copyright rules in Germany

Published on 23 January 2018

Get to grips with the framework of copyright law in Germany with the 2018 TerraLex Cross-Border Copyright Guide.

What are the main sources of copyright law in Germany? 


The main source of copyright legislation in the Federal Republic of Germany is the Act on Copyright and Related Rights (Copyright Act of 9 September 1965). There are some further legal statutes like the Verwertungsgesellschaftengesetz (VGG) or the Verlagsgesetz that govern performing rights associations and the relationship between publishers and authors. Furthermore, there are international conventions by which the Copyright Act has been ratified, such as the revised Berne Convention on Industrial Property or TRIPS. 


To find out more about subsistence of copyright, ownership, infringement, remedies, enforcement and copyright reform in Germany, download the 2018 TerraLex Cross-Border Copyright Guide.