Why Reprobel and Martin Vogel matter to picture agencies

As a consequence of the June 2015 decision of the European Court of Justice in the copyright Reprobel case, the German Supreme Court has ended a decade of practice in Germany allowing for a 50% split between publishers and rights holders. The VG-Wort v. Martin Vogel decision of the German Supreme Court, in turn, affects German picture agencies.

Main points regarding draft directive on collecting societies

The relationship between picture agencies and collecting societies is a two way relationship: as rights holders or the representative of rights holders and as users of creative content, CEPIC members both receive payments from private copying levies and pay royalties to collecting societies.