Seventeen months after issuing its first warning emails, HADOPI, the French governmental copyright protection body installed to administer the country’s three-strike copyright protection law, has released new data showing the law is having a positive impact on digital music sales while curbing piracy.
Sales of exported recorded music produced in France jumped 12% in 2010 to €55 million ($73.1 million) with 36% coming from digital sales (18% in 2009), according to the latest figures unveiled by the French Music Bureau Export.
French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand has announced the launch of CNM, the French National Center for Music, designed to support local French creativity and diversity in terms of record and concert production.
French rights collection agency SCPP announced a 10 percent increase in income in 2011, though rights holders received 10 percent less than in 2010. Digital revenue was also expected to increase following deals with state-owned Radio France, while copyright infringement watchdog group HADOPI has seen significant success in limiting P2P users since its inception in 2009.
French authors, composers and publishers collections society SACEM named Jean-Noel Tronc to replace Bernard Miyet, the current chairman of the management board who did not apply for a new mandate. Myet has held the position since 2000.
Warner Music France announced yesterday the relaunch of East West imprint in France. Starting in February 2012, the label will be managed by Stephane Espinosa, the founder of independent label 3eme Bureau, andl focus primarily on developing urban and alternative acts.
The French recorded music market went down -5.6% in trade value for the first nine months of 2011 to €321.3 million, labels body SNEP (Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique) revealed in a press conference in Paris.