Accept game designers as authors and the SAZ as a negotiating partner!
  • Petitioned Fachgruppe Spiel / Spieleverlage e.V. at DVSI

This petition was delivered to:

Dr. Volker Schmid, Managing Director
Fachgruppe Spiel / Spieleverlage e.V. at DVSI

Accept game designers as authors and the SAZ as a negotiating partner!

    1. Petition by

      Spiele-Autoren-Zunft e.V. – SAZ

Do you know the creative faces behind your favourite board and card games? For example the game designers Reiner Knizia (Lost Cities), Wolfgang Kramer (Take 6!) Susan McKinley Ross (Qwirkle), Klaus Teuber (Settlers of Catan) or Klaus-Jürgen Wrede (Carcassonne)?

There would be no games without game designers, as there would be no movies or books without writers, no articles without journalists, and no sculptures without sculptors. Game designers create the works that actually give the game companies their reason to exist. But as with all cultural works, games, and therefore their authors, need legal protection, too.

The FACHGRUPPE SPIEL e.V. (since March 2014: Spieleverlage e.V.), the federation of German game companies, refuses to acknowledge that game designers are originators under German Copyright Act. And the Fachgruppe denies so to acknowledge that the Game Designer Association (Spiele-Autoren-Zunft e.V., SAZ) is the representative association of game designers – it is only a group of "suppliers".

We therefore call for the acknoledgment that game designers, as a matter of course, are authors under German Copyright Act. Help us to enforce this demand!

About us: The Spiele-Autoren-Zunft e.V. (SAZ / Game Designer Association) represents over 400 members worldwide and has now written an open letter to the FACHGRUPPE SPIEL and its member publishers plus a legal opinion under the title "Intellectual Property Rights Regarding Games". Clear conclusion: There is no convincing argument to doubt the rights of game designers as originators of their works.

Background information is available here.
The German version of the petition is here
- please sign only once!

A small selection of well known game designers who signed already: Ted Alspach, Christine Basler, Antoine Bauza, Gunter Baars, Edith Grein-Böttcher, Steffen Bogen, Inka und Markus Brand, Hajo Bücken, Günter Burkhardt, Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier, Thomas Daum, Stefan Dorra, Bruno Faidutti, Stefan Feld, Roberto Fraga, Friedemann Friese, Kirsten Hiese, Reiner Knizia, Max Kobbert, Wolfgang Kramer, Vital Lacerda, Violetta Leitner, Susan McKinley Ross, Andrea Meyer, Klaus Miltenberger, Alan R. Moon, Paolo Mori, Niek Neuwahl, Uwe Rapp, Michael Rieneck, Carlo A. Rossi, Uwe Rosenberg, Michael Schacht, Jens-Peter Schliemann, Andreas Seyfarth, Reinhard Staupe, Andreas Steding, Peer Sylvester, Klaus Teuber, Marco Teubner, Touko Tahkokallio, Reinhold Wittig, Anja Wrede, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Jaques Zeimet.

Fachgruppe Spiel / Spieleverlage e.V. at DVSI, Dr. Volker Schmid, Managing Director
Please acknowledge game designers as authors (originators) and their organization, the SAZ, as a negotiating partner!

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Talks with game publishers in Belin

      The talks between the executive board of the Game Designer Association (SAZ) and their lawyer with the executive board as well as further representatives of the Fachgruppe Spiel has taken place in Berlin on July 8th, 2013. At the beginning the SAZ submitted a list with one at this time 4.300 signatories of the petition. A new statement of Fachgruppe spiel on the topic "game designers as originators" shall be available by the end of October. Until we have clarity here, we will continue the collection of signatures and furthermore ask for your support.
      You can look up the résumé of the conversation on the website of the SAZ:

    2. First Success

      The organization of game publishers in Germany has now invited the board of the SAZ to talks on July 8th in Berlin. We are anxious about the result and hope for your further support! Thanks to all supporters who signed already.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 9 months ago

      Game designers are as well working for their income. They are depend from you in this case. So please pay them their fee!!

      • 11 months ago

      The design of a Game is part of the intellect and creativity of one Man, the rights is that everybody recognize this as a fact.

    • Miriam Cotton CORK, IRELAND
      • 12 months ago

      Because I think it is only fair that people who invent games should be recognised as their authors and creators like any other artist would be.

      • 12 months ago

      Those whose works are creative should have equal protection designers need protection just as authors or artisits and recognised equally

    • Ine Marijke Schurink EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS
      • 12 months ago

      I agree 100%, There would be no games without game designers.


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