The ‘Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights’ e.V (short GEMA) is the oldest German (rights) administration society. GEMA enforces the rights of composers, publishers and copywriters in trust.

GEMA in its role as performing rights society does not only grant licenses in return for payment to the user of the works (e.g. organiser) but also functions as supervisory authority which monitors and verifies that the utilisation of GEMA-obligatory works is in fact registered.