Trade bodies slam Royal.

Just months after the French parliament temporarily adopted, then rejected, a "global license" for file-sharing music, the controversial business model is back in the news.

Sharing her thoughts on copyright issues on her Web site, socialist member of parliament Ségolène Royal recommended surrendering digital rights management "that diminish the value for users." Royal, who is likely to be one of the main contenders at 2007 presidential elections, advocated taxing P2P platforms and creating a global license system for "free file-sharing between people".

Royal supports the co-existence of those revenue models with à la carte download services.

French music retail and independent labels trade bodies SDSD and UPFI respectively condemned Royal's position, pointing out that she did not take part in debate on the copyright bill nor did she consult the music industry before reaching such conclusions.

In a statement, UPFI reaffirmed that a global license system would threaten the musical diversity and "weaken independent producers in the first place, for whom the French market is essential [...]"

SDSD director general Philippe Person adds, "This global license topic comes back as a bad surprise after months of talks with politicians."

Sources say that the music industry is preparing a letter to formally
ask for a meeting with Royal.

The French parliament and senate have been working in recent months on a long-awaited copyright bill. A dedicated commission should shortly discuss the final text, which is unlikely to include a global license system.