Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Germany-table

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Countries, areas, and entities Standard copyright term
(based on authors' deaths)
Other copyright terms
(based on publication and creation dates)
Copyright exemptions Notes
Commons-logo.svg Germany copyright overview
(Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Copyright law of Germany)
70 p.m.a.: life + 70 years[1]
  • Anonymous works: 70 years after publication (if author never disclosed)
  • Publication right: 25 years from first publication or first public performance if copyright has expired before such publication or performance, or if the work has never been protected in Germany and the author died more than 70 years before the first publication[2]
  • Berne/UCC: yes
  • Until year end: Yes[3]
{{PD-old-auto|author died 1945 or earlier}} {{PD-EU-no author disclosure}}


See also Category:PD Germany license tags


  1. § 64 Urheberrechtsgesetz[1], as amended by the Law of 17 December 2008
  2. § 71 Urheberrechtsgesetz[2]
  3. § 69 Urheberrechtsgesetz[3]