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More on French filesharing

I failed to mention yesterday the crucial point that the legislation to legalize filesharing in France would require users to pay into the system and the money received would be distributed to artists. One French teenager says:

“Artists currently get no money from peer-to-peer sharing, and with this fee at least they would get some,” said Aziz Ridouan, a 17-year old high school student who has fought for Internet rights as president of the Association of Audiosurfers. “If the government and industry attack downloaders aggressively, we will just go underground with encryption and all chance of revenue will be lost.”

More info on Joi Ito’s blog here.

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