Dear Minister Jacques TOUBON,Dear Patrick ZELNIK,Dear Guillaume CERUTTI,Ladies and gentlemen,Dear friends,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your thorough, concise and very clear report. You are giving it to me just four months after the launch of the “Creation and Internet” mission that I entrusted to you, and I appreciate the challenge this represents. I have had a little time to go through it and I must say that it is a perfect answer, and even better, to the order that was mine and that of the government.
To carry out this task, you have agreed to work that I am not afraid to say relentless in view of the richness and diversity of the actors you have interviewed – several hundred French and foreign, from all sectors concerned by this digital revolution, of which I have made one of the priorities of my action at the head of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This priority, as you know, has been recognized by the President of the Republic and the Government who have decided to devote a significant part of the Great Loan – no less than 750 million euros – to the digitization of our cultural content, an indispensable prerequisite for their dissemination on the Web.
You know the context in which I decided to entrust you with this mission. The exponential development of the Internet has brought about a huge change in our cultural practices. And that’s why, I repeat, I am particularly sensitive to your panoramic and anticipatory approach that includes not only music, but also cinema, audiovisual, and book. You know that the Internet is radically transforming our relationship with culture – as the Department’s recent 10-year survey on Cultural Practices of French in the Digital Age recalled – and that the proliferation of media leads to a plurality of practices: I think of the digital book whose growth is foreseeable, the diffusion of cinematographic works by video on demand, catch-up television or Internet television (IP TV), to all the instruments that make it possible to improve access to cultural goods both in the comfort of home and in the multiple mobilities of the contemporary world.
The context of this mission was also that of the recent vote of the second HADOPI law and the obvious need to propose an attractive legal offer on the Internet and to meet the requirement of financing cultural industries, especially the less favoured ones, to avoid sticking to the two aspects of both pedagogy and graduated and reasonable sanctions necessary for the credibility of good pedagogy. You know that the application of this law is ongoing and that I will install next Friday, January 8, the College and the Commission for the Protection of Rights of this famous High Authority for the Dissemination of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet.
I asked in September that all avenues be explored in order to build a mechanism that offers a valid alternative to the somewhat severe dilemma that was being created in the absence of thoughtful regulation by the public authorities. On the one hand, buying cultural goods on the Internet was often perceived as complex and even prohibitive. On the other hand, we had the utopian, but dangerous proponents of a fictitious gratuity that carried in it the risk of regression, or even impoverishment for authors and broadcasters.
Your report, based on listening to everyone, seems to me to offer possible solutions to this dilemma that we were presented with as intractable and, frankly, attractive proposals.
There are no fewer than twenty-two in all, but it is too early, of course, to come up with a list of those that the department and the government will want to follow. My services are reviewing this valuable document. And the President of the Republic who also received the report will say a word about it, on the occasion of the wishes he will present tomorrow to the world of culture, to the City of Music.
We study with all the attention and interest that they deserve your ideas truly faithful to the mission I had entrusted to you, not only by their inventiveness but also, I must say, by their pragmatism – a balance that is difficult to maintain, and you have succeeded brilliantly. Of course, some of the solutions you are advocating will certainly provoke reactions and questions from certain actors, but I believe that they were all designed in the interests of everyone, but above all in the interests of everyone.
You touched on the issues affecting music, with the proposal to help young Internet users in their purchases, or a possible reform of the management of musical rights.
You have not neglected the field of books – which is also at the heart of a related issue, that of our relationship with Google, and I recall that the commission chaired by Marc TESSIER (whom you have also questioned) will be giving me its report very soon. It will be another key moment, at this rich beginning of the year, of a built and global response to the challenges of the digital revolution. You have thus reflected on the conditions of application of the «Single Price of Books», this formidable regulatory tool created by the LANG law. You talked about a single platform, or you talked about targeted tax reforms. I would remind you that I fought and continue to fight for a reduced VAT rate on all cultural goods.
You have faced the challenges of cinema and audiovisual by meditating on the chronology of the media, by trying to give a chance to video on demand. Your demand has been to do everything possible to ensure that the offer is the widest, most diverse, the richest and most importantly the most accessible possible for all, under conditions that fully respect the remuneration of all players in the value chain.
You have devised ways of financing that can avoid increasing the use of public finances… For this is not the least of your merits, you have held, in this difficult period for the State budget, to a balanced financing scheme, the new tax revenues offsetting the budgetary disbursements.
All these measures, which I quote in bulk to give the measure of your inventiveness, do not, I repeat, constitute any advance selection, and will, like all the others contained in this rich report, examined in the coming days with great precision and I would even say a great acribia.
Once again, I would like to thank the three of you and those who have contributed directly to your mission, your rapporteurs Nicolas Colin and Constance Rivière, and the services of the Media Development Directorate, and to congratulate you on this exemplary work, which has been presented in a succinct and detailed way and which can be quickly used by public authorities.
I will now turn the floor over to you for a presentation of your findings – I say “presentation” and not “slide”, because I think it would be a bit unwelcome, especially in front of you, my dear Jacques TOUBON…
Thank you.