What cinematographic works can be notified?
All cinematographic works shown on television as provided in the German Copyright Act can be notified to VG Bild-Kunst. These include, for example, feature films, series, soap operas, sitcoms, documentations, documentary soaps, features, cartoon films, etc. Following a members’ resolution, such works must be at least three minutes long and cartoon films at least one minute long – always rounded up to full minutes.
What does membership cost?
Membership of VG Bild-Kunst is free. The administrative costs and contributions to the Stiftung Sozialwerk social foundation and Stiftung Kulturwerk cultural foundation are deducted from the proceeds. Further details can be obtained from the distribution plan of VG Bild-Kunst.
How do I become a member?
An administration agreement has to be concluded with VG Bild-Kunst for Professional group III (Film). You can request the original contractual documents on the homepage of VG Bild-Kunst, by telephone or by sending an eMail. Contractual documents cannot be downloaded.
Are rights also administered abroad?
VG Bild-Kunst notifies all claims abroad, provided there are such royalties in the country in question. Please note that currently it is mainly director’s claims that are remunerated by the foreign sister societies.