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Downloading Music, Movies etc

Copyrights in Germany are governed by GEMA, a government-mandated collecting society and performance rights organization.

GEMA:  The Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte, or in English, the society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights.

Germany has very strict copyrights laws.
Do not violate copyright laws by illegally downloading a film, music or any other web content. Also read about illegal 

Inform yourself about what is allowed and what the penalties are for not adhering to the rules.
You can also be held responsible for any downloads in your household, also from visitors using your internet connection.

  • Article from Deutsche Welle about illegal downloads and what to do if you receive a fine.
  • Information from the European Consumer Centre can be found here
  • Dubiose Streaming-Portale locken in Abofalle: Was Sie wissen müssen

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