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The Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (or VG-Wort, for short), aims to offer compensation for the damages as a result of the duplication, distribution and reproduction of copyrighted material by providing a yearly royalty to the owner of the intellectual property.

Scientific publishing houses and authors are entitled to VG-Wort royalties, meaning that our authors are elligible to receive royalties for their work. We provide our authors with an information leaflet and an application form after submitting their manuscripts.

The payout is adjusted yearly by VG-Wort depending on their earnings. In 2012, for example, a scientific publication with a length of 101-300 pages earned 800€ in royalties.

Please consider the following stipulation that VG-Wort makes regarding royalties:

“The distribution plans pertaining to the payout of scientific publications determine that only the works considered for royalties are registered in at least two regional systems with at least five locations—grants will not be considered. If this stipulation is not fulfilled, the author will not receive a payout”.

For publications to VG-Wort by January 30th of a year, the payout will be given in July of the same year, otherwise in the following year. Also worth considering is that by applying for an author’s payout for dissertations and postdoctoral dissertations, the time between application and last oral exam cannot exceed 24 months.

We are happy to answer any of your questions regarding VG-Wort.

You can find more detailed information as well as the ability to post your publication online on VG-Wort’s homepage:

VG Wort payouts 2011

number of pages

VG Wort payout

49 to 100


101 to 300


301 to 500


501 to 700


701 to 900


901 to 1,100




Literar Mechana and Swissperform

A number of other countries have societies similar to VG-Wort that aim to offer a financial compensation to intellectual property owners by charging fees and accordingly, issuing royalties.

In Austria, Literar Mechana is responsible for aiding intellectual property owners:

Meanwhile, authors in Switzerland should refer to the homepage of Swissperform:

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