Did you know that Gramex rights are inherited just like any other assets?
Copyrights are inherited
When an author passes away, their copyrights are processed under standard rules concerning marital rights, inheritance and testaments. Therefore, the regulations are also applied to Gramex rights and any related remunerations.
In the event that a client passes away, the rights and responsibilities of their client agreement are transferred to their heirs for the time Gramex rights remain valid. This page includes instructions for estates to follow with matters related to Gramex.
How should the estate take care of Gramex related matters?
Before the estate is executed, the coheirs mutually decide on the use of Gramex rights in the estate. No Gramex remunerations are distributed to coheirs personally. They are specifically distributed to the estate. To simplify distribution, it is recommended that the estate opens its own bank account.
To make communication between Gramex and the estate easier, the coheirs should designate and authorise a contact person for Gramex. The authorised person may be a coheir or someone outside the estate.
What happens after the distribution of estate?
After distribution of estate, heirs may become owners of Gramex rights. If you inherit Gramex rights, please make sure to submit the relevant documents that confirm the transfer of rights. Most often, it is enough to provide documents related to the distribution of estate. You will also need your own client agreement and a Gramex number.
If Gramex rights are distributed to several people, all heirs make their own client agreements and receive their own Gramex numbers.
Documents and information to submit to Gramex
- deed of estate inventory with attachments (attach last will and testament and prenuptial agreement, if any)
- deed of division
- estate’s deed of distribution
- estate’s joint management agreement (the so-called indivisible agreement)
- in case of an undivided estate, a document granting power of attorney to the estate’s contact person
- bank details of an undivided estate or the person who has inherited Gramex rights
Any of the above documents can be submitted to email@example.com by e-mail.