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IRIS 2012-7:1/16

Germany

VG Media and Aerial Company Reach Settlement on Retransmission of Broadcast Signals

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Anne Yliniva-Hoffmann

Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

The Gesellschaft zur Verwertung der Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte von Medienunternehmen (Society for the Collection of Copyright and Performance Rights of Media Companies - VG Media) has published a press release announcing that it reached a settlement concerning the retransmission of broadcast signals before the Landgericht Leipzig (Leipzig District Court - LG) on 29 May 2012 with a Saxon company that receives the broadcast signals of various providers and distributes them to connected households (case no.: 05 O 3233/11).

According to reports, the parties could not agree as to whether operators of reception equipment needed a licence to retransmit the broadcast signals of private radio and television companies (see IRIS 2012-5/17 and IRIS 2010-4/15).

Under the settlement, the operator of a (small, private) aerial agreed to pay backdated fees to VG Media and to conclude a licensing agreement for future, related activities.

According to VG Media, the terms of the settlement reflect those of the legal action lodged by the collecting society.

References
Pressemitteilung der VG Media vom 29. Mai 2012 DE
 http://merlin.obs.coe.int/redirect.php?id=15978
 
  VG Media press release of 29 May 2012