More music is being listened to today than ever before. But music isn't created "just like that." It's the result of an individual's creative effort and therefore the intellectual property of the music author.
Whoever wants to playback or perform music in public in Germany will become, as a rule by doing this, a customer of GEMA. Here you can find out what you have to do to obtain the necessary licenses for this.
GEMA represents in Germany the copyrights of more than 64,000 members (composers, lyricists, and music publishers), as well as over two million copyright holders all over the world. It is one of the largest societies of authors for works of music worldwide.
GEMA is a legally authorized collecting society – and is in close contact with legislators. The Department of Political Information provides you with information in this section. And whoever would like to receive information on judicial matters can look up legal texts and judgments.