The legal situation in Germany is largely determined by international agreements and regulations that have emerged at the international and European levels. It is governed by the law on copyright and related rights UrhG (English: Copyright Act).
Regarding the question of which interests of the originator of a work are protected and to what extent, the Copyright Act distinguishes between an originator’s moral rights and material/exploitation interests. § 11 UrhG stipulates the following: "Copyright protects the author in his intellectual and personal relationships to the work and in respect of the use of the work. It shall also serve to ensure equitable remuneration for the exploitation of the work."