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The VUT, Association of Independent Music Entrepreneurs - is now the fourth shareholder of GVL, the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH. Additional shareholders are the BVMI, the Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. [Federal Association of the Music Industry], the DOV, Deutsche Orchestervereinigung e.V. [German Orchestra Association] and the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. [Federal Association of Acting]. As a shareholder, the VUT is going to represent particularly the interests of independent music entrepreneurs in future. Its members include about 1,200 performers which are self-marketing, labels, publishers, distributors, producers etc.
At its ordinary Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly on 16 June 2020, the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH (GVL) presented its annual financial statements for 2019. Broadcasting remuneration remained GVL's largest source of income, closely followed by revenues from private copying. After special effects due to back payments in the previous years, GVL's income of EUR 215.5 million in 2019 still kept in line with expectations.
GVL has adopted an additional type of short-term assistance: Advance payments to GVL producers of sound recordings were launched today. At the same time, we are working at full speed on advance payments for performers.
With effect from 01/08/2019, the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. (Federal Acting Association, short: BFFS) has become the third associate of the German Neighbouring Rights’ Management Organisation (GVL). Previous associates of GVL have been the Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. (Federal Association of the Music Industry, short: BVMI) and the Deutsche Orchestervereinigung e.V. (German Orchestra Association, short: DOV). In its role as an associate, the BFFS is going to represent particularly the interests of actors and dubbing actors in future.
GVL collected approx. € 230m based on neighbouring rights for artists, producers and event organisers
The EU Parliament has voted in favour of the EU Copyright Law reform on 26 March 2019 and thus paved the way for a modern copyright where both users and creators benefit from fair regulations. GVL, the German Neighbouring Rights Society, welcomes this decision.
2017 financial results: GVL yields EURO 310m in collections for neighbouring rights on behalf of artists, producers and event organisers
In the course of this year’s Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly, GVL has announced record figures for its 2016 collections. In the reporting period, the organisation collected more than EUR 271m on behalf of its members.
In line with its usual schedule - GVL’s Rights Holders’ Assembly took place last Friday, 5th of May 2017, in Berlin. 327 GVL rights holders voted directly and 712 rights holders via proxy to elect 22 delegates from a pool of 52 candidates. With this election, the previous Board members were replaced by the new delegates in their capacity as rights holders’ representatives. They jointly represent the interests of all rights holders together with the associates of GVL in the new Associates’ and Delegates’ Assembly. Furthermore, a record level in terms of collections for 2016 was announced - projected to be well in excess of EUR 200m for the first time.
The Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL) concludes its financial year 2015 with a total revenue of EUR 161.8m. This represents a slight decrease of 0.9% compared to 2014. The decline results mainly from the effect of back payments in the previous year: In 2014, the conclusion of a general agreement on the private copying levies on PCs concluded with the majority of the hardware industry led to a back payment in the two-digit millions range (including back payments for previous years). If GVL was to eliminate this one-off effect, it can actually report an increase of its income in 2015.

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