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(1) Films and game programs may not be released for children and adolescents if they are development-impairing for children and adolescents in the respective age group.

(2) The highest state authority or an organization of voluntary self-regulation within the framework of the procedure according to paragraph 6 marks the films and game programs with
1.

"Approved without age restriction",

2.

"Approved from six years of age",

3.

"Approved for ages twelve and over",

4.

"Approved for ages sixteen and over",

5.

"No youth approval".

(2a) The highest state authority or an organization of voluntary self-regulation is to mark films and game programs with symbols and other means within the framework of the procedure according to paragraph 6 beyond the age groups of paragraph 2, with which the essential reasons for the age approval of the medium and its potential Impairment of personal integrity can be reported. The highest state authority can order more details about the design and attachment of the symbols and other means.

(3) Does a film or a game program, in the opinion of the highest state authority or an organization of voluntary self-regulation within the framework of the procedure according to Paragraph 6, have one of the contents specified in Section 15 Paragraph 2 No. 1 to 5 or is it on the list according to Section 18, it is not marked. The highest state authority has to inform the competent criminal prosecution authority of facts that indicate a violation of Section 15 (1).

(4) If a film or a game program is wholly or essentially identical in content with a medium included in the list according to ยง 18, the labeling is excluded. The test center for media harmful to minors decides whether the content is identical. Sentence 1 applies accordingly if the requirements for inclusion in the list are met. In cases of doubt, the supreme state authority or an organization of voluntary self-regulation within the framework of the procedure according to paragraph 6 brings about a decision by the test center for media harmful to minors.

(4a) Paragraph 4 does not apply to release decisions in accordance with Section 11 Paragraph 1.

(5) The labeling of films shall also apply to the showing in public film events of films with the same content, if and to the extent that the highest state authorities do not stipulate otherwise in the agreement on the procedure according to Paragraph 6. The labeling of films for public film events can be transferred to films with the same content for image carriers, video game devices and telemedia; Paragraph 4 applies accordingly.

(6) The highest state authorities can agree on a common procedure for the approval and labeling of the films and game programs on the basis of the results of the examination by organizations of voluntary self-regulation carried out or supported by business associations. As part of this agreement, it can be determined that the releases and markings by an organization of voluntary self-regulation are releases and markings of the highest state authorities of all countries, unless a highest state authority makes a different decision for its area. Voluntary self-regulation institutions recognized according to the provisions of the State Treaty on the Protection of Young Persons in the Media can, in accordance with sentences 1 and 2, conclude an agreement with the highest state authorities.

(6a) The joint procedure according to paragraph 6 should provide that age ratings confirmed by the central supervisory body of the federal states for youth media protection in accordance with the youth media protection treaty or age ratings of the broadcasters of public broadcasting act as releases within the meaning of paragraph 6 sentence 2, provided this is not incompatible with the ruling practice of the highest state authorities. Paragraphs 3 and 4 remain unaffected.

(7) Films and game programs for information, instruction or teaching purposes may only be marked by the provider with "information program" or "teaching program" if they obviously do not impair the development or upbringing of children and young people. Paragraphs 1 to 5 do not apply. The supreme state authority can exclude the right to label providers for individual providers or for special films and game programs and remove labels made by the provider.

(8) If, in addition to the films or game programs to be labeled, films, image carriers or video game devices contain titles, additions or other representations in texts, images or sounds that may impair the development or upbringing of children or adolescents, then these are to be taken into account when deciding on the labeling.

(9) Paragraphs 1 to 6 and 8 apply accordingly to the labeling of films and game programs intended for distribution in telemedia and capable of being labeled.

(10) The highest state authority can agree more details on the design and affixing of the marking in accordance with Section 14a (1) with the voluntary self-regulatory bodies.