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OUTCRY AGAINST GRADUATED RESPONSE.

MEP Guy Bono (PES, France) has signed with his French colleagues an appeal against a bill on artistic creation and internet', which was examined by the French Council of Ministers on 18 June. Designed to combat illegal downloading, which results in losses for the music and audiovisual industry, the text proposes a system of graduated responses, with warnings and disconnection for one year at most for repeated offences. The French Socialist MEPs consider the proposal prejudicial to fundamental freedoms and argue that it provides no solution to the problem of artists' financing needs. For the same reasons, MEPs voted against this concept, on 10 April, in a report by Bono on the cultural industries (see Europolitics 3510). The debate returned to the European stage as part of the revision of the telecoms package, with some amendments inspired by the French proposal. Like consumer associations, Bono defends the idea of a comprehensive license, which would allow users to download in exchange for a flat fee. But publishing rights societies want nothing to do with such a system, because it would raise problems of low rates and of redistribution to artists. (NVA)

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Title Annotation:Member of the European Parliament
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Jun 19, 2008
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