Germany is one of more than 160 signatory countries of international copyright treaties: the Berne Convention and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Copyright Treaty, among other WIPO-administered treaties. The country is also a member state of WIPO.

Collective Licensing of Literature in Germany

VG WORT is the local collective licensing organization in Germany. The organization operates under the supervision of the German Patent and Trademark Office. VG WORT has developed a license, with the assistance of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), to simplify copyright compliance by providing employees of German companies and their subsidiaries worldwide with the rights to share content responsibly around the world from millions of German and international information sources. RightsDirect, a CCC subsidiary, is a sales partner in Germany for VG WORT.

Learn more about the VG WORT Digital Copyright License.