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 stringent copyright laws.
Do not violate copyright laws by illegally downloading a film, music, or other web content.
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
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- You can read more about streaming on the European Consumer Centre Germany – and download their English Safer-Streaming-EN.pdf file
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