Back in December, Karina reported on a vote by the French Parliament,
sneaking in passing an amendment that would legalize downloads of
music and movies for a flat fee. The amendment would have had users pay a flat tax to their ISP, which would then
distribute the funds to an umbrella organization set up to disburse artists' royalties. Sounds -pretty cool, n'est-ce
pas? Yeah, well, don't start packing that French-Engtish dictionary and other worldly possessions into your
carry-on duffel bag just yet. Seems that little vote back in December has really raised the ire of Gallic
politicians and media industry folk. The media industry's take? Shockingly enough, they oppose the move to make
downloads more freely accessible, claiming the flat tax wouldn't appropriately reimburse them for their
"investment in the recording industry".
Even within political parties, folks can't seem to agree on what to do, though according to Variety, one deputy from President Jacques Chirac's party recently expressed support for the amendment, comparing the issue of pirated downloads to trying to stop people drinking alcohol during Prohibition. Interesting, given Chirac's stance on wanting tough laws to protect copyright - wonder if that deputy is now out of a job? At any rate, it's back in the hands of the politicians, and if French politics are anything like US politics, that means the likelihood of consensus on the issue in the near future is pretty much nil. So might as well resume your regularly scheduled illegal downloading - hah! hah! - just kidding! We at Cinematical would never encourage anyone to do anything illegal, even in France.