Around 600 GEMA members took part in the General Assembly from 15 to 17 May 2022. They discussed questions about the future shape of their association and decided on innovations in the rules and regulations.
The AGM’s main discussion topics included the future design of GEMA’s organization as well as new elements of our framework, especially GEMA’s statutes and distribution plan. As such, GEMA is now able to represent more new statutory remuneration rights on behalf of its members. These rights are provided to creators by the German “Urheberrechts-Diensteanbieter-Gesetz (UrhDaG)”, the Act on the Copyright Liability of Online Content Sharing Service Providers. Moreover, GEMA members agreed on the change of the statutes which allows GEMA to use the new “extended collective licence” model (ECL) which has already been successfully applied in other countries. As in the previous year, some of the other motions referred to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and were aiming at cushioning the income losses of many members, especially in the live sector, and counteracting distribution distortions.