The Arbitration Board under the Collecting Societies Act mediates disputes between collecting societies and users of copyright works. For example, the Board deals with disagreements between Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (GEMA) and concert organisers, discotheque operators, broadcasting organisations and producers of phonograms.
The Board also deals with disputes between broadcasting organisations and cable network operators. Proceedings frequently relate to individual applicability and equitability of tariffs set up by collecting societies.
The Arbitration Board strives to reach amicable arrangements between the parties. Where this goal is not already achieved in the course of the proceedings, for example by way of an amicable settlement, the Arbitration Board submits a settlement proposal to the parties. If this proposal is not contested, its effect is similar to a court judgement. The Arbitration Board is integrated in the organisation of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). Yet it is an independent body and not identical with the DPMA as supervisory authority of the collecting societies.
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