Domestic and foreign organisers are entitled to become a GWVR member. During the application for the GWVR foreign organisers should clarify in detail with us how far the rights under § 81 UrhG (Copyright Act) are available for them. Solely sports events and other non-artistic events are not covered under § 81 UrhG, since the “organiser right” only forms if practising artists perform during an event.

An event can be carried out by a sole operator or by various co-organisers.

Since a conflict can arise regarding the question who is on a case-by-case basis entitled to be the organiser under § 81 UrhG, this should be clarified contractually. Typical characteristics of an organiser are that he

  • has the financial and organizational responsibility for the events execution,
  • bears the events economic risk and is involved in the profit,
  • is the publicly represented event organiser, including that he is named on tickets and posters and
  • registers the event with the GEMA according to § 13b Copyright Administration Act (“Urheherrechtswahrnehmungsgesetz“)


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