"Artists need to make a living," said Jean-Francois Cope, who is the head of the UMP party legislators. "We are ruining them. We must react and have the courage to take our responsibilities."
That's funny! The artists WOULD be making a living if it were not for the crooked recording labels and how they screw over their own talent, skimming most of the profits for themselves with lucrative and unfair contracts. E.G. they don't give a fair share to the artists when they sell a download. This is common knowledge. Then the "little" money they do make, I see the government taxes them. I guess that is ok though...I guess they also think we forgot about the tax they put on recordable media and all MP3 players, that all the French people have to pay now, regardless if they use their burnable media for music or photos. The law stated that 75% of the money was to go to royalty groups for distribution to the artists and the other 25% was to be used to encourage new talent! LOOOOL I wonder how that is going? How much talent have they found and who are they? How much money form CD and DVD and MP3 players do the artists get? I have a feeling- NONE!
I would think the handful of artists out there making money from recording groups would be setting pretty with all that tax money in their pocket!