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EU backs French subsidies of music downloads

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Tue October 12, 2010

French government to subsidize digital music

In a new attempt to fight the rising rate of music piracy, the French government will subsidize the cost of digital music, a Tuesday report said. The strategy was approved by the European Union and was praised for its promotion of cultural diversity. French residents who buy a card to download music from subscription-based websites will only have to pay half of a 50 euro (about $70) card, with the government paying for the remainder.

There are some limitations, however, including limiting consumers to just one such card purchase per year. The scheme is expected to last two years and cost France 25 million euros (nearly $35 million) if one million cards per year are sold. The plan is expected to primarily benefit 12- to 25-year olds.

The European Commission believes the plan will help economic development as well as promote cultural diversity in the online music industry.

Website operators, meanwhile, will be required to cut the price of music, extend the length of subscriptions and help out in the advertising of the cards. Their profits will be limited to 5 million euros each.

by MacNN Staff



  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With everybody in the US bitching and whining every time we are asked to help sick people or people being pushed out of their homes, there is no way a law like this would ever pass in america...

    Unless the music industry was about to "collapse" - then we would shovel billions of dollars at it with no stipulation.

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  1. facebook_Stan

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    Joined: Oct 2010


    The French are idiots

    Wow, byRyan you clearly are French at heart. We love to help sick people in the US, it's just that it's "we" as in "We The People" not "We The Government" or should I say oui? If you have so much sympathy for people that want to stay in homes that are upside down then you pay their mortgages.

    Seriously, the French are in serious trouble if this passes for common sense in France. Thankfully, half of their misguided generosity will go to US coffers!!

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I honestly don't know

    What this would do to reduce piracy.
    The people that will pirate still will because free is still less than cheep.
    The people that won't p[irate still won't but they'll buy up the majority of the cards.
    I honestly don't know what this would do to reduce piracy.
    It just strikes me as a very dumb idea.

  1. Sukoshi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In other news...

    To combat the rising rate of illegal actions in general, the French government will now pay muggers half the amount in your wallet when you are mugged. There are limitations, however, limiting criminals to just one such MuggerEuros match per year. For the rest of the year, they're on their own.

    Another program to match victims to murderers is said to be in the works.

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