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    The Professional Groups

    On behalf of its members and the members of foreign sister societies, VG Bild-Kunst manages copyrights in the visual sector that individual authors are unable to exercise themselves for practical or legal reasons. Authors can join VG Bild-Kunst by concluding an administration agreement. In each professional group, VG Bild-Kunst administers rights that vary in relevance. New members decide which professional group they wish to join before entering into their agreement. With this agreement, members can assign their rights to VG Bild-Kunst for administration.

    Three professional groups

    Professional Group I
    Members*Visual artists, for example painters, sculptors
    Rights administered by VG Bild-KunstResale royalty rights, reproduction rights, broadcasting rights, online rights, retransmission royalty, copying royalty, library royalty, press review royalty, reading circle royalty
    Professional Group II
    Members*Photographers, photo reporters, graphic artists, illustrators, designers, caricaturists, press artists, photo agencies – also covering applied art
    Rights administered by VG Bild-KunstRetransmission royalty, copying royalty, library royalty, press review royalty, reading circle royalty
    Professional Group III
    MembersDirectors, cameramen and women, cutters, film architects/ set designers, costume designers, cartoon artists and producers of free (co-)productions
    Rights administered by VG Bild-KunstLevy on video devices, levy on blank video cassettes, video rental remuneration, retransmission royalty

    Your professional group is not there?

    You are ...

    • a screenplay writer? Then VG Wort is the right collecting society for you.
    • an actor? The GVL is the right collecting society for you.
    • a composer? Then GEMA is the right collecting society for you.