Copyright is valid until 70 years after the death of the author. After the death of a GEMA member the Deed of Assignment which serves to assign the exploitation rights of the author to GEMA for administrative purposes is continued with the author’s legal successor in relation to the copyright. These legal successors automatically enter into the Deed of Assignment concluded between the author and GEMA at the time of death. The Deed of Assignment therefore continues beyond the death of an author, which means that the exploitation rights assigned to GEMA continue to be managed by GEMA.


Informationsblatt zur Klärung einer Rechtsnachfolge  (only available in German)

Mitteilung über einen Todesfall/ eine Rechtsnachfolge (only available in German)