German promoters look to neighbouring rights

December 2011

Live events industry

The German Association of Concert Promoters (bdv) has said that it has applied to the German Patent & Trade Mark Office to set up a new collection society, Verwertungsgsgesellschaft fur Wahrnehmung von Veranstalterrecheten, to collect revenues it believes its members are due as a ‘neighbouring right’ under Section 81 of the German Copyright Act arising from recordings made at live events. It plans to negotiate with broadcasters, record labels and other users of live recordings to set tariffs to compensate event promoters.

In January 2011 IQ magazine published an article by Dr Johannes Ulbricht, a German lawyer in Hamburg at Michow and Partner, about the German ‘neighbouring rights of the concert promoter’ – identifying these an overlooked potential revenue source from Germany where it seems possible that those who stage events which are filmed or recorded (anywhere in the World) could collect a payment if the recording of that concert is then exploited in Germany.  and Audience: Issue 142  November 2011

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