French Government's Plan To Help Book Publishers Adapt: Have Them Embrace Three Strikes Plan

from the not-exactly-adapting dept

PrometheeFeu writes "The French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel has just been assigned a mission to prepare the French publishing industry for the digital economy. The phrasing of the mission-letter makes it clear that while developing legal offerings and digitizing books is part of the plan, the focus is on getting the cooperation of publishers to enforce the 3-strike law (Google translation from the original). The language actually talks about inciting publishers to do so which leads me to wonder why the government should incite people to exercise their rights if they don't want to do so...

The letter makes it clear that IP enforcement is seen as the only way to distribute value to authors and distributors (consumers are not mentioned). Here is a choice quote:
"The government cannot accept to see another cultural industry threatened by the pillaging."
The letter also mentions the "damages observed for the music and film industries through the growth of illegal downloads." Obviously, no sources are given for that information. Most amusingly, the letter states that Christine Albanel (who kindly told us that OpenOffice comes with a firewall which would somehow block illegal downloads) should use in this mission her experience in working with the music and film industry. I like many French authors and I sincerely hope that they ignore whatever she says and instead try something which might actually work, but I'm not holding my breath..."
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    French Guy, 8 Dec 2009 @ 6:08am

    Correct translation

    The orignal mission statement sent to Christine Albanel is much less harsh than what you report. But your post get the idea when you read between the lines. Here are a few precisions :

    1- Christine Albanel is the former ministry of culture and is now "only" an advisor to the government

    2 - "the focus is on getting the cooperation of publishers to enforce the 3-strike law" -> 14 out of 70 lines of the mission statement are about fighting piracy. The mission statement address defining EU position regarding projects such as google books and developping a legal offer quickly (offers which appeared much too late in the music and cinema industry) as much as it address the 3-strike-law

    3 - My understanding is that the "cooperation" expected from publishers is to make them design technical solutions to massively identify content they "own" which are being shared illegally. Such solution is needed by the government to apply the three-strike-law to the edition industry.

    4 - "The letter makes it clear that IP enforcement is seen as the only way to distribute value to authors and distributors". The mission statement don't talk about distributors but "companies who make content available through networks". Note that google or youtube or any website are included in these. So it is more about sharing value between authors and google rather than between authors and majors...

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