Germany has an extended legislation on intellectual property rights. Among the laws regulating intellectual property is also the German Law on Copyright and Neighboring Rights which was first enabled in 1966. The law was last amended in October 2013. The Copyright Law is made up of three parts covering the rights of authors in all industries.
The German legislation provides for the legal relation between an author and their work. It also protects the author against third parties. Under the German Copyright Act, an author can only be a natural person. This is the main distinction between the German Law on Copyright and other international jurisdictions who also allow companies to register their creations under the copyright legislation. Under the Copyright Law, an author has the following right with respect to their work:
The exploitation of the work varies depending on the type of material the author has created and it can grant the following rights:
An author also has the right to sell their creation under the conditions established by the law. The Copyright Act establishes an author will be compensated for each resale of their work.
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The legislation provides for the following rates in the case of resale of copyright protected work:
Also, the total royalty tax paid on the resale of copyrights is capped at 12,500 euros.
If you want more information about the Copyright Law or need assistance with the registration of copyrights, do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Germany.
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