France sets up online content inquiry
Pascale Paoli Lebailly

France’s Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, relaunched last week the question of the way to build attractive and legal online offers for music and films. He announced the commissioning of independent music producer Patrick Zelnik on this question, along with that of the remuneration of creators.

The French government wants both consumers to profit from the best cultural online offers and creators from a fair share of value. Zelnik, the boss of indie label Naïve, that produces Marianne Faithfull and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, will work with former minister Jacques Toubon and Sotheby’s France President Guillaume Cerutti. The three will have 2 months to make concrete proposals.

Already called Hadopi 3 by media experts, this question of an legal online offer has been raised again a few days before the parliamentary bill Hadopi 2, which attempts to curb illegal downloading by cutting off internet access, is submitted once more to Deputies.

“We need to complete this system mixing education and sanctions, set up by the Hadopi law,” Mitterrand said, adding he wanted to achieve the aim of “bringing regulation into a totally anarchic market.”