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Act on Copyright and Related Rights (Copyright Act)

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Übersetzung durch Ute Reusch.

Translation provided by Ute Reusch.

Stand: Die Übersetzung berücksichtigt die Änderung(en) des Gesetzes durch Artikel 8 des Gesetzes vom 1.10.2013 (BGBl. I S. 3714)

Version information: The translation includes the amendment(s) to the Act by Article 8 of the Act of 1.10.2013 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 3714)

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Part 1
Section I
Article 1General
Section II
Article 2Protected works
Article 3Adaptations
Article 4Collections and database works
Article 5Official works
Article 6Published works and released works
Section III
Article 7Author
Article 8Joint authors
Article 9Authors of compound works
Article 10Presumption of authorship or ownership
Section IV
Scope of copyright
Subsection 1
Article 11General
Subsection 2
Moral rights of authors
Article 12Right of publication
Article 13Recognition of authorship
Article 14Distortion of the work
Subsection 3
Exploitation rights
Article 15General
Article 16Right of reproduction
Article 17Right of distribution
Article 18Right of exhibition
Article 19Right of recitation, performance and presentation
Article 19aRight of making works available to the public
Article 20Right of broadcasting
Article 20aEuropean broadcasts transmitted by satellite
Article 20bCable retransmission
Article 21Right of communication by video or audio recordings
Article 22Right of communication of broadcasts and of works made available to the public
Article 23Adaptations and transformations
Article 24Free use
Subsection 4
Other rights of authors
Article 25Access to copies of works
Article 26Right of resale
Article 27Remuneration for rental and lending
Section 5
Dealings in rights in copyright
Subsection 1
Succession to copyright
Article 28Inheritance of copyright
Article 29Transfer of copyright
Article 30Author's successor in title
Subsection 2
Exploitation rights
Article 31Grant of exploitation rights
Article 31aContracts concerning unknown types of exploitation
Article 32Equitable remuneration
Article 32aAuthor’s further participation
Article 32bCompulsory application
Article 32cRemuneration for types of exploitation which subsequently become known
Article 33Continuing effect of exploitation rights
Article 34Transfer of exploitation rights
Article 35Grant of further exploitation rights
Article 36Joint remuneration agreements
Article 36aArbitration board
Article 37Agreements to grant exploitation rights
Article 38Contributions to collections
Article 39Alterations of the work
Article 40Agreements as to future works
Article 41Right of revocation for non-exercise
Article 42Right of revocation for changed conviction
Article 42aCompulsory licence for the production of audio recordings
Article 43Authors in employment or service
Article 44Sale of the original of a work
Section VI
Limitations on copyright
Article 44aTemporary acts of reproduction
Article 45Administration of justice and public security
Article 45aPersons with disabilities
Article 46Collections for religious, school or instructional use
Article 47School broadcasts
Article 48Public speeches
Article 49Newspaper articles and broadcast commentaries
Article 50Reporting on current events
Article 51Quotations
Article 52Communication to the public
Article 52aMaking works available to the public for instruction and research
Article 52bCommunication of works at terminals in public libraries, museums and archives
Article 53Reproduction for private and other personal uses
Article 53aOrder for dispatch of copies
Article 54Obligation to pay remuneration
Article 54aAmount of remuneration
Article 54bTrader's or importer's obligation to pay remuneration
Article 54cObligation incumbent on the operator of photocopiers to pay remuneration
Article 54dObligation to make a reference
Article 54eObligation to report
Article 54fObligation to provide information
Article 54gInspection
Article 54hCollecting societies; handling of reports
Article 55Reproduction by broadcasting organisations
Article 55aUse of a database work
Article 56Reproduction and communication to the public in commercial enterprises
Article 57Incidental works
Article 58Works in exhibitions, on public sale and in institutions accessible to the public
Article 59Works in public places
Article 60Portraits
Article 61Orphan works
Article 61aDiligent search and documentation obligations
Article 61bTermination of use and obligation to pay remuneration
Article 61cUse of orphan works by public broadcasting organisations
Article 62Prohibition of alteration
Article 63Acknowledgement of source
Article 63aStatutory remuneration rights
Section VII
Duration of copyright
Article 64General
Article 65Joint authors, cinematographic works, musical compositions with words
Article 66Anonymous and pseudonymous works
Article 67Serial works
Article 68(repealed)
Article 69Calculation of time limits
Section VIII
Special provisions on computer programs
Article 69aObject of protection
Article 69bAuthors in employment or service relationships
Article 69cRestricted acts
Article 69dExceptions to the restricted acts
Article 69eDecompilation
Article 69fInfringement of rights
Article 69gApplication of other legal provisions; law of contract
Part 2
Related rights
Section I
Protection of certain editions
Article 70Scientific editions
Article 71Posthumous works
Section II
Protection of photographs
Article 72Photographs
Section III
Protection of performers
Article 73Performers
Article 74Recognition as a performer
Article 75Derogatory treatment of the performance
Article 76Duration of moral rights
Article 77Recording, reproduction and distribution
Article 78Communication to the public
Article 79Exploitation rights
Article 79aPerformer’s right to remuneration
Article 80Work performed by several performers jointly
Article 81Protection of organisers
Article 82Duration of exploitation rights
Article 83Limitations of exploitation rights
Article 84(repealed)
Section IV
Protection of producers of audio recordings
Article 85Exploitation rights
Article 86Right of participation
Section V
Protection of broadcasting organisations
Article 87Broadcasting organisation
Section VI
Protection of makers of a database
Article 87aDefinitions
Article 87bRights of makers of a database
Article 87cLimitations on the rights of makers of a database
Article 87dDuration of rights
Article 87eContracts dealing with the use of a database
Section VII
Protection of publishers of newspapers and magazines
Article 87fPress publishers
Article 87gTransferability, term of protection and limitations
Article 87hRight of participation of the author
Part 3
Special provisions on films
Section I
Cinematographic works
Article 88Right to make a film
Article 89Rights in cinematographic works
Article 90Limitation of rights
Article 91(repealed)
Article 92Performers
Article 93Protection against distortion; claim to identification
Article 94Protection of producers of films
Section II
Moving pictures
Article 95Moving pictures
Part 4
Common provisions on copyright
and related rights
Section I
Supplementary protective provisions
Article 95aProtection of technological measures
Article 95bMeasures in respect of limitations
Article 95cProtection of information required for rights-management
Article 95dLabelling obligations
Article 96Prohibition of exploitation
Section II
Subsection 1
Civil law provisions; legal recourse
Article 97Right to require cessation of infringement and to damages
Article 97aNotification
Article 98Claim to destruction, recall and release of copies
Article 99Liability of the owner of an enterprise
Article 100Pecuniary compensation
Article 101Right of information
Article 101aEntitlement to presentation and inspection
Article 101bSecuring claims for damages
Article 102Limitation period
Article 102aEntitlements resulting from other statutory provisions
Article 103Publication of judgment
Article 104Legal recourse
Article 104aPlace of jurisdiction
Article 105Courts for copyright litigation
Subsection 2
Criminal and regulatory fine provisions
Article 106Unlawful exploitation of copyrighted works
Article 107Unlawful affixing of designation of author
Article 108Infringement of related rights
Article 108aUnlawful exploitation on a commercial scale
Article 108bInfringement of technological measures and rights-management information
Article 109Application for criminal prosecution
Article 110Confiscation
Article 111Publication of judgement
Article 111aRegulatory fine provisions
Subsection 3
Provisions on measures taken by the customs authorities
Article 111bProceedings under German law
Article 111cProceedings according to Council Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003
Section III
Compulsory enforcement
Subsection 1
Article 112General
Subsection 2
Compulsory enforcement for pecuniary claims against the author
Article 113Copyright
Article 114Originals of works
Subsection 3
Compulsory enforcement for pecuniary claims against the author's successor in title
Article 115Copyright
Article 116Originals of works
Article 117Executor
Subsection 4
Compulsory enforcement for pecuniary claims against authors of scientific editions and against photographers
Article 118Application mutatis mutandis
Subsection 5
Compulsory enforcement for pecuniary claims in respect of certain devices
Article 119Compulsory enforcement in respect of certain devices
Part 5
Scope of application, transitional and final provisions
Section I
Scope of the Act
Subsection 1
Article 120German nationals and nationals of another Member State of the EU or of another Contracting State to the Agreement on the EEA
Article 121Foreign nationals
Article 122Stateless persons
Article 123Foreign refugees
Subsection 2
Related rights
Article 124Scientific editions and photographs
Article 125Protection of performers
Article 126Protection of producers of audio recordings
Article 127Protection of broadcasting organisations
Article 127aProtection of makers of a database
Article 128Protection of producers of films
Section II
Transitional provisions
Article 129Works
Article 130Translations
Article 131Literary works set to music
Article 132Contracts
Article 133(repealed)
Article 134Authors
Article 135Holders of related rights
Article 135aCalculation of the term of protection
Article 136Reproduction and distribution
Article 137Transfer of rights
Article 137aPhotographic works
Article 137bCertain editions
Article 137cPerformers
Article 137dComputer programs
Article 137eTransitional provisions in implementation of Council Directive 92/100/EEC
Article 137fTransitional provisions in implementation of Council Directive 93/98/EEC
Article 137gTransitional provisions in implementation of Directive 96/9/EC
Article 137hTransitional provisions in implementation of Council Directive 93/83/EEC
Article 137iTransitional provisions regarding the Act to Modernize the Law of Obligations
Article 137jTransitional provisions towards the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC
Article 137kTransitional provision for making works available to the public for instruction and research
Article 137lTransitional provisions for new types of exploitation
Article 137mTransitional provision occasioned by implementation of Directive 2011/77/EU
Article 137nTransitional provision occasioned by implementation of Directive 2012/28/EU
Section III
Final provisions
Article 138Register of anonymous and pseudonymous works
Article 139Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure
Article 140Amendment to the Act concerning the Universal Copyright Convention of 6 September 1952
Article 141Repealed provisions
Article 142(repealed)
Article 143Entry into force
Annex (to Article 61a)
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