Claiming unpaid royalties for Radio, Television and Film use

These types of use fall within the following distribution categories:

  • Radio (R, R VR)
  • Television (FS, FS VR)
  • Sound Film on TV (T FS, T FS VR)
  • Sound Film (T)
  • Sound Film Direct Distribution (TD, TD VR)

Points to check

Did you register your works on time and they have been used but you have not received any royalties, or do you believe the royalties you received were too low?

Please go to our Online Portal to claim your missing royalties. Our simple interactive form will take you through a series of questions to gather the information we need to investigate your concern.

Are there any royalties for TV advertising or productions by public service broadcasters missing from your statement?

To allow us to pay your royalties correctly and always on time, please do make sure we have your soundfiles. If you haven’t done this yet, you can easily upload them now using the soundfile upload feature in our Online Portal.

Do you need information about the monitoring procedure of public service broadcasters?
Please refer to the following FAQ section to learn more about this: ARD/ZDF Monitoring FAQs

Do you need help to upload your soundfile?
If yes, check our support portal, where we have answered the questions we get asked most frequently.

Do you want to request crediting for the broadcasting right in any of your works?

Have your works been used extensively, or have they been broadcast only by TV channels or radio stations that are below the threshold for a programme analysis-based distribution? If so, please email us at vts@gema.de. To find out what you need to do for this, and to learn more about the threshold for a programme analysis-based distribution, please refer to the GEMA Distribution Plan under Request for distribution.

Information we need from you

The interactive form in our Online Portal will take you through a series of questions to gather the information we need to process your request. The information you will be asked to provide will include:

We need the following information from you:

  •  Work title and/or work number
  • Name of the or one of the composers
  • Name of the broadcaster
  • Date (and time ) of the broadcast (for jingles: broadcasting period) OR title of the programme
  • In the case of public service channels: Information about where you uploaded your soundfiles

In the case of product advertising, please also provide:

  • Title of the commercial/spot
  • Description of the product you advertised
  • Broadcast period
  • Do you have broadcast schedules? They really are a big help for us!

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the distribution date

We need the following information from you: 

  • Work title and/or work number
  • Name of the or one of the composers
  • Title of the programme/film
  • Name of the broadcaster
  • Date (and time ) of the broadcast (for trailer: broadcasting period)
  • GEMA AVW number, if relevant (AVW = audio-visual work)
  • In the case of public service channels: Information where you uploaded your soundfiles

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the distribution date

We need the following information from you:

  • Title of the work and/or work number
  • Name of a composer
  • Title of the programme/film
  • Name of the TV channel
  • Date (and time) of broadcast
  • GEMA AVW number, if known (AVW = audio-visual work)

In the case of advertising, please also provide: 

  • Title of the commercial
  • Name of the product advertised
  • Broadcasting period
  • If you have any placement schedules, that would be very helpful.
  • Information about where you uploaded your soundfiles

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the distribution date

We need the following information from you:

  • Title of the work and/or work number
  • Name of a composer
  • Title of the film
  • Screening period
  • Number of screenings
  • GEMA AVW number, if known (AVW = audio-visual work)

For unpaid royalties in distribution category TD in addition:

  • Place of screening
  • Name of producer

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the distribution date

We need the following information from you:

  • Work number and version
  • Title of the work
  • Name(s) of the creator(s) or publisher(s) whose share(s) is/are missing or is/are not correctly registered

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the (main royalties) distribution date

We need the following information from you:

  • Work number
  • Title of the work
  • Name of a composer
  • Year for which the distribution was incorrect
  • Current distribution category/valuation and correct distribution category/valuation of the work
  • Duration of the work

Deadline for claiming missing royalties:
18 months after the distribution date

Note:
If the point valuation of your work is incorrect, we can examine your work in detail and classify it accordingly. For information about how we do this, please click here: www.gema.de/work-categorisation.

 

In a nutshell

We have produced a leaflet that provides all the essential information about claiming unpaid royalties for Radio, Television and Film use. You can download it as a PDF through the link given below:

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Need any help?

We are happy to present our support portal. This is the place to go for answers to any questions you may have and to find the right contact for your needs.

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