Collecting societies manage rights on the basis of contracts with authors. Contracts include the author's authorisation to manage their rights, the type of work and rights managed for the author, as well as the duration of the contract which must not exceed five years. After the expiration of this period, the contract may be extended for further five-year periods.
In the case of mandatory collective management, the competent collecting society may manage these rights without a contract with the author. An author may not manage rights personally if the collective management of rights is transferred to a collecting society pursuant to the Copyright and Related Rights Act or on the basis of the author's authorisation.
- Author's authorisation