Verwertungsgesellschaft WORT

VG WORT, Verwertungsgesellschaft WORT

Untere Weidenstraße 5
Phone: +49 89 51 41 20
Fax: +49 89 51 41 258

Chief Executive:
Joint CEOs: Rainer Just, Robert Staats
Chief Executive Email:

Legal Adviser: Sabine Richly
Legal Adviser: Christian Beyer

Year of first distribution: 1966

Composition of Board:
Total number of Board Members: 21
How are Board Members elected: by members
Total number of Author Representatives: 14
Total number of Publisher Representatives: 7

Total number of Member Associations: 0
Total Publishers' Associations: 0
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations: 0
Total Rights holders represented: 788101
Remarks about the members: In 2018, 921 members were registered. VG WORT represents 246.080 authors with a full contract of representation and 8.788 publishers.

DATES OF FINANCIAL YEAR January 1 - December 31

Type of National legislation :
Civil law: Yes
Common law: No

Licensing system:
Non voluntary licence - legal licence
Other licensing system: voluntary licensing
Mandating rights holders:
authors and publishers

Reprographic licences
Types of works licensed: Scientific and literary works
Types of uses licensed (including, where applicable, course packs, document delivery): private and personal use, educational and research use, document delivery, press Digests. digital use by companies and organisations for internal purposes
Types of institutions/sectors licensed: Educational institutions, research institutions, public libraries, copy-shops (operator levy); companies and organisations; libraries (document delivery)

Digital Licences
Types of works licensed: Scientific and literary works
Types of uses licensed (including, where applicable, course packs,
document delivery and storage): a) retrodigitization by libraries (distribution of scientific articles to closed user circle) b) off-line digitisation and use of older material c) on-line digitisation and use of older material d) LAN (intranet) digitisation and use of material not published in digital form. e) electronic press digests (in conjunction with Presse Monitor Germany (PMG) f) intranet use by schools g) making available via electronic terminals in public libraries, museums and archives h) electronic document delivery i) digitisation and making available of out of commerce works j) distribution to visually handicapped persons k) digital use within companies and organisations for internal purposes

Other Licences
Public Lending Rights: No

Title-specific distribution: No
Non title-specific distribution: No
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution: Yes
Full reporting: Yes
Sampling: Yes
Statistical surveys: Yes
Objective availability: Yes
Possibility to be copied: Yes
Other distribution method: Methods vary from sector to sector.

Number of Bilateral agreements type A: 16
Bilateral agreements type A with: Access Copyright (Canada), AIDRO (now EDISER) (Italy),Bonus Presskopia (Sweden),CCC (USA), CEDRO (Spain),CFC (France), CLA (UK), COPY-DAN (Denmark), IPRO (Netherlands), KOPINOR (Norway), Literar-Mechana (Austria), Pro Litteris (Switzerland),NLA (UK), REPROBEL (Belgium), SIAE (Italy), Stichting Reprorecht (Netherlands)
Number of Bilateral agreements type B: 21
Bilateral agreements type B with: ABDR (Brazil), CADRA (Argentina), CAL (Australia), CASH (Singapore), CeMPro (Mexico), CLL (New Zealand), COPIBEC (Canada), DALRO (South Africa), Fjölís (Iceland), HARR (Hungary), HKRRLS (Hong Kong), KORRA (Korea), ICLA (Ireland), JAACC (Japan), KOPIPOL (Poland), KOPIOSTO (Finland),LITA (Slovakia), LUXORR (Luxembourg),MASA (Mauritius),OSDEL (Greece), Stichting Reprorecht (Netherlands)


Total amount collected for all licensing:
€ 217,910,000.00
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing:
€ 158,400,000.00
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing:
€ 147,990,000.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide:
€ 143,800,000.00
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders:
€ 253,292,000.00
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs:
€ 18,990,000.00
Total amount distributed from all licensing:
€ 272,282,000.00