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Reg­u­la­to­ry tasks

The fed­er­al ea­gle, the fed­er­al coat of arms and the of­fi­cial flag of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many are na­tion­al em­blems. In gen­er­al, on­ly fed­er­al au­thor­i­ties are al­lowed to use them for of­fi­cial pur­pos­es, un­less the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion has grant­ed an ex­emp­tion. The BVA may im­pose fines, if such em­blems are used with­out au­tho­riza­tion.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, the BVA is re­spon­si­ble for the au­then­ti­ca­tion of im­por­tant doc­u­ments. On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice, it cer­ti­fies sig­na­tures on Ger­man pub­lic doc­u­ments which are to be used abroad (in cur­rent­ly 20 coun­tries). Fur­ther­more, the BVA is­sues apos­tilles. This is a spe­cial form of au­then­ti­ca­tion for state par­ties to the Con­ven­tion Abol­ish­ing the Re­quire­ment of Le­gal­i­sa­tion of For­eign Pub­lic Doc­u­ments of 1961.

An­oth­er field of ac­tiv­i­ty is the use of ma­te­ri­al cov­ered by copy­right: Pur­suant to the Copy­right Act, fed­er­al au­thor­i­ties have to pay fees for the pub­lic re­pro­duc­tion of mu­sic works pro­tect­ed by copy­right and the use of lit­er­ary works and im­ages. The BVA has con­clud­ed con­tracts with the cor­re­spond­ing col­lect­ing so­ci­eties, e.g. GEMA or VG Wort, and ne­go­ti­ates new agree­ments, if need­ed.