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What is the VG Bild-Kunst?

VG Bild-Kunst (Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst) is a German collecting society that works to protect and remunerate the copyrights of visual artists and photographers. It was founded in 1969 and has its headquarters in Bonn, Germany. VG Bild-Kunst is one of the most important collecting societies for visual artists in Germany.

The main tasks of VG Bild-Kunst are.

  1. Rights management: VG Bild-Kunst represents the copyrights of artists and photographers and manages them on behalf of the collecting society's members.

  2. Licensing: It grants licences for the use of its members' works and collects royalties from users such as publishers, media companies, businesses or other organisations that use the members' works.

  3. Distribution of royalties: VG Bild-Kunst collects royalties and distributes them to authorised authors according to the use of their works.

  4. Legal advice: The collecting society offers its members legal advice and support in copyright matters.

Why is VG Bild-Kunst important?

VG Bild-Kunst plays an important role in protecting the rights and interests of visual artists and photographers in Germany. It enables artists to receive appropriate remuneration for the use of their works and provides a mechanism to ensure copyright compliance.
For authors of eBooks on, VG Bild-Kunst is usually not relevant as it mainly focuses on visual arts and photography. For Feiyr customers, the VG Wort is interesting. However, if images or graphics are used in an eBook that fall under the copyright of VG Bild-Kunst, the corresponding licence fees should be paid and the rights of use should be properly clarified to avoid possible infringements.
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