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Act on the Management of Copyright and Related Rights by Collecting Societies*
Collecting Societies Act

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Übersetzung durch Ute Reusch

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Stand: Verwertungsgesellschaftengesetz vom 24. Mai 2016 (BGBl. I S. 1190)
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Version information: Collecting Societies Act of 24 May 2016 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1190)
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Part 1
Subject matter of the Act; definitions
Section 1Scope
Section 2Collecting society
Section 3Dependent management entity
Section 4Independent management entity
Section 5Rightholder
Section 6Entitled person
Section 7Members
Section 8User
Part 2
Rights and obligations of the collecting society
Chapter 1
Internal relationship
Subchapter 1
Rightholders, entitled persons and members
Section 9Obligation to manage
Section 10Consent to management
Section 11Non-commercial uses
Section 12Termination of management; withdrawal of rights
Section 13Membership terms
Section 14Electronic communication
Section 15Record of members and entitled persons
Section 16Principle of participation
Section 17General powers of the general assembly of members
Section 18Powers of the general assembly of members in regard to bodies
Section 19Conduct of the general assembly of members; proxy
Section 20Participation of entitled persons who are not members
Subchapter 2
Management and supervision
Section 21Management
Section 22Supervisory body
Subchapter 3
Rights revenue
Section 23Collection, management and distribution of rights revenue
Section 24Separate accounts
Section 25Investment of rights revenue
Section 26Use of the rights revenue
Section 27Distribution plan
Section 28Time limit for distribution
Section 29Identification of entitled persons
Section 30Non-distributable rights revenue
Section 31Deductions from rights revenue
Section 32Cultural promotion; welfare and assistance schemes
Subchapter 4
Complaints procedures
Section 33Complaints procedures
Chapter 2
External relationship
Subchapter 1
Agreements and tariffs
Section 34Obligation to contract
Section 35Inclusive agreements
Section 36Negotiations
Section 37Deposit; conditional payment
Section 38Tariff system
Section 39Setting of tariffs
Section 40Setting of tariffs for appliances and storage media
Subchapter 2
Duties of notification
Section 41Users’ duty to provide information
Section 42Users’ duty to report
Section 43Electronic communication
Chapter 3
Special provisions on the management of rights
under representation agreements
Section 44Representation agreement; prohibition of discrimination
Section 45Deductions
Section 46Distribution
Section 47Information requirements
Chapter 4
Presumptions; outsiders in respect of cable retransmission
Section 48Presumption in respect of rights to information
Section 49Presumption in respect of statutory rights to remuneration
Section 50Outsiders in respect of cable retransmission
Chapter 5
Out-of-print works
Section 51Out-of-print works
Section 52Register of Out-of-Print Works; authorisation to issue statutory instruments
Chapter 6
Information requirements; accounting and transparency report
Subchapter 1
Information requirements
Section 53Provision of information to rightholders prior to consent to management
Section 54Provision of information to entitled persons
Section 55Information regarding works and other subject matters
Section 56Disclosure of information to the public
Subchapter 2
Accounting and transparency report
Section 57Financial statements and management report
Section 58Annual transparency report
Part 3
Special provisions on the multi-territorial licensing of online rights in musical works
Section 59Scope
Section 60Non-applicable provisions
Section 61Special requirements of collecting societies
Section 62Information on musical works and online rights
Section 63Correction of information
Section 64Electronic submission of information
Section 65Monitoring of uses
Section 66Electronic means of reporting use
Section 67Invoicing of online service providers
Section 68Distribution of rights revenue; information
Section 69Obligation to represent
Section 70Provision of information by the mandating collecting society
Section 71Provision of information to members and entitled persons in the case of representation
Section 72Access to the multi-territorial licensing of online rights in musical works
Section 73Management in the case of representation
Section 74Derogation for radio and television programmes
Part 4
Supervision
Section 75Supervisory authority
Section 76Scope of supervision
Section 77Authorisation
Section 78Application for authorisation
Section 79Refusal of authorisation
Section 80Revocation of authorisation
Section 81Cooperation on the grant and revocation of authorisation
Section 82Notification
Section 83Public notice
Section 84Management activity without authorisation or notification
Section 85Powers of the supervisory authority
Section 86Powers of the supervisory authority in the case of collecting societies established in another Member State of the European Union or another Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
Section 87Exchange of information with supervisory authorities in other Member States of the European Union or other Contracting Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
Section 88Obligation of the collecting society to provide information
Section 89Applicable procedural law
Section 90Supervision of dependent management entities
Section 91Supervision of independent management entities
Part 5
Arbitration Board and assertion of claims in court
Chapter 1
Arbitration Board
Subchapter 1
General procedural provisions
Section 92Jurisdiction relating to disputes under the Copyright Act and to inclusive agreements
Section 93Jurisdiction regarding empirical studies
Section 94Jurisdiction relating to disputes regarding the multi-territorial licensing of online rights in musical works
Section 95General procedural rules
Section 96Calculation of time limits
Section 97Application to institute proceedings
Section 98Withdrawal of the application
Section 99Written procedure and hearing
Section 100Procedure in the event of a hearing
Section 101Failure to appear
Section 102Amicable dispute resolution; settlement
Section 103Suspension of proceedings
Section 104Clarification of the facts
Section 105Settlement proposal by the Arbitration Board; objection
Subchapter 2
Special procedural provisions
Section 106Provisional settlement
Section 107Payment of security
Section 108Damages
Section 109Limitation of the settlement proposal; dispensing with the settlement proposal
Section 110Disputes concerning inclusive agreements
Section 111Disputes concerning rights to cable retransmission
Section 112Empirical survey in respect of appliances and storage media
Section 113Conduct of the empirical survey
Section 114Result of the empirical survey
Section 115Utilisation of the results of the survey
Section 116Participation of consumer associations
Subchapter 3
Costs; compensation and remuneration of third parties
Section 117Costs of the proceedings
Section 118Due date and advance
Section 119Application mutatis mutandis of the Court Fees Act
Section 120Decision on objections
Section 121Decision on the obligation to pay costs
Section 122Assessment of costs
Section 123Compensation of witnesses and remuneration of experts
Subchapter 4
Organisational structure of and taking of decisions by the Arbitration Board
Section 124Structure and composition of the Arbitration Board
Section 125Supervision
Section 126Taking of decisions
Section 127Exclusion of and objection to members of the Arbitration Board
Chapter 2
Assertion of claims in court
Section 128Assertion of claims in court
Section 129Jurisdiction of the higher regional court
Section 130Decision on inclusive agreements
Section 131Exclusive jurisdiction
Part 6
Transitional and concluding provisions
Section 132Transitional provision on authorisations
Section 133Notification period
Section 134Transitional provision on adapting the statute to the requirements of this Act
Section 135Information requirements of the collecting society upon the entry into force of this Act
Section 136Transitional provision on statements by the management and by the supervisory body
Section 137Transitional provision on accounting and transparency report
Section 138Transitional provision on supervisory authority proceedings
Section 139Transitional provision on proceedings before the Arbitration Board and on the assertion of claims in court
Annex
(to section 58 (2))
Content of the annual transparency report