Robert Staats CEO at VG WORT About Robert Robert Staats has been CEO of VG WORT, the German Collective Management Organization for authors and publishers, since 2009. He is a lawyer by profession, specializing in copyright law. Between 1994 and 2008, he worked as a judge and civil servant. He holds a doctorate degree in copyright law. Inter alia, Robert is Board member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) and of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA), chair of the copyright committee of the German Cultural Council and member of the copyright committee of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). Robert is the author of publications on copyright law as well as a lecturer.