Following its adoption in the National Assembly on November 29, the bill was unanimously voted on today during its consideration in the Senate.
While adapting the French law to the requirements of Community law in application of a decision of the Council of State of 17 June 2011, the law on remuneration for private copying remedies the risk of interruption or reconsideration of payments actually due in respect of private copying of works and the deadweight effects linked to the decision of the Council of State.
It thus guarantees the continuity of a system essential for the fair remuneration of authors, performers and producers of music, cinema, audiovisual, still image and writing, and for the vitality of French artistic creation.
The total remuneration for private copying in 2010 was EUR 189 million excluding VAT, of which a quarter is necessarily dedicated to actions to support the creation, dissemination of live performances and training of artists, supporting more than 5000 artistic and cultural projects each year.
The Act includes various recent case law clarifications in the Intellectual Property Code, notably by excluding copies of illicit sources from the basis of private copying.
It strengthens consumer information by providing in particular for the information of the purchaser of a recording medium concerning the amount of remuneration for private copying to which the latter is subject.
Frédéric Mitterrand welcomes the unanimous and urgent adoption of this bill, which demonstrates the government’s responsiveness and determination to defend the remuneration of creators and the funding of our country’s cultural activities.