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Copyright and Licensing in Germany

Germany is one of more than 160 signatory countries of international copyright treaties: the Berne Convention and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Copyright Treaty, among other WIPO-administered treaties. The country is also a member state of WIPO.

Collective Licensing of Literature in Germany

VG WORT is the local collective licensing organization in Germany. The organization is operates under the supervision of the German Patent and Trademark Office.  VG WORT has developed a license, with the assistance of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), to simplify copyright compliance by providing employees of German companies and their subsidiaries worldwide with the rights to share content responsibly around the world from millions of German and International information sources. RightsDirect, a CCC subsidiary, is a sales partner in Germany for VG WORT.

Learn more about the VG WORT Digital Copyright License.


Educational Events


Grundzüge Des Urheberrechts – German Copyright Certificate Course

The importance of copyright has increased enormously with the digitization of content and global business. In Germany, it is not just the media that is affected, but every industry. Dealing with text, photos, drawings, sketches, music and film clips, software and databases requires a basic knowledge of copyright law. Understanding the legal implications of editing, producing, distributing or archiving copyrighted materials can help organizations share content responsibly and reduce the risk of infringement. Knowing when you have to obtain permission and what the arrangements of a license agreement are should be answered easily in every organization. This course will help all of these issues and more.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for individuals who would like a better understanding of how copyright and licensing works in Germany.

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The new VG WORT Digital Copyright License

In today's business world, there are no geographical boundaries when exchanging information with clients and colleagues. Employees in companies in Germany and around the world do this every day. This presents companies with a number of major challenges, however, as copyright obligations vary from one country to the next. This German language webinar will help attendees understand ways their German based companies can effectively meet these challenges.

Learn more about copyright and licensing in Germany through special educational events offered by RightsDirect in partnership with local copyright experts.


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