France Will Subsidize Music DownloadsAdded: Friday, October 22nd, 2010
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French government is going to subsidize 50% of the cost of a $70 card for downloading music from approved online music stores for the next two years. Each consumer is supposed to be limited to 1 card per year.
It has been discussed years and years that French citizens are afraid that their culture and language are under constant danger from such foreign languages as Chinese, Spanish, and English. However, it has never been that obvious as within the last two years.
First, the government decided it should disconnect subscribers from the web if only rights owners had thought they were not properly compensated for their work – that’s how “three-strikes” regime was born.
Then, in the early 2010 France’s President considered the possibility to tax the largest Internet portals like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and MSN. The decision is explained as a way to help finance French musicians. However, the fact that it would be the consumers who ends up paying them was obviously ignored.
Finally, several days ago President called web regulation a “moral imperative” which is needed to fix the troubles arising from the total absence of rules. Reading between the lines, it’s just more words for further regulation of the goods and services online flow, targeted at ensuring that national creative community is fairly compensated for their work.
Welcome to today, where the news is that the French government is going to subsidize half the cost of a $70 card designed to be used for downloading music from approved subscription-based online stores within the next 2 years. Even if the subscribers are limited to only one card per year, it would cost the government approximately $35 million a year if selling a million cards.
Thus far, this plan had been put on hold while the government sought the EU’s approval. The latter was reviewing the plan from any anti-competitive effects it could have on music retailers not participating in the issue. As for those who take part in it, they will be demanded to decline the price of digital music, prolong the period of subscription, and also help contribute to the cost of the card’s advertising.
The only question is what’s all this for? Many other countries, having no such plans, “three-strikes,” and all this staff, have their music industry prospering, as nobody can pirate a live performance, or an official T-shirt and signed album.
October 22th, 2010Posted by:
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
|posted by (2010-10-22 23:07:25)|
|they just cant make up their minds what they are doing...|
|posted by (2010-10-24 13:58:07)|
|The more they try to preserve the France of old, the more they alienate themselves from the new world. Rioting in the street about burkas, failing Eurodisney, subsidizing music downloads, and 30hr work weeks will doom them. France's only saving grace is their food and sauces are awsome. |
Let them eat CAKE!!
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