How does GEMA know where and how often my works were used?

There are various ways and means to find out. Organisers of live events are, for example, obliged to submit a playlist (setlist) after the event. In the broadcasting sector (TV and radio), the channels or broadcasting organisations are obliged to send us broadcast reports.

Depending on the type of music use, we get hold of the data:

  • Organisers of live events are obliged to submit a playlist after the event. (Music users can do this simply by using the Online Portal under the service My setlists.) There are, of course, deadlines for submission that apply to event organisers so that you get your money in time. 

    Good to know: If you perform your own works, you can submit your setlist, instead of your event organiser.Another means of support regarding the detection of your works is the soundfile which you can upload with us.
  • Channels or broadcasting organisations (TV and radio) are obliged to submit broadcast reports to us.
  • With our discotheque monitoring of selected discos all over Germany, we also identify which works are played, and how often.
  • Based on contracts with online platforms such as YouTube, we can license online uses in the categories Mixed Online Platforms (GOP). These platforms provide the usage reports for the works to us.
  • For usages abroad, our sister organisations transmit the respective data to us.
  • Finally, the producers report music uses to us in the mechanical reproduction sector.

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