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4th February 2007, 13:12
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A Flat Fee for Tunes? (http://www.nytimes.com/iht/2007/01/25/technology/IHT-25ptend25.html)
By VICTORIA SHANNON
International Herald Tribune
Published: January 25, 2007

CANNES A year ago, the music industry was in near hysteria over the French government's proposal to impose a global license fee that would stand in for royalty payments on the purchases of digital music over the Internet.

This year, with music sales still sinking like a rock, the record labels are no longer apoplectic about the possibility of such a fee, which could be collected by Internet service providers through their customers' monthly subscription charges.

"It's a model worth looking at," John Kennedy, head of the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry, said at a press briefing last weekend in Cannes at Midem, the annual global music market. "If the ISPs want to come to us and look for a blanket license for an amount per month, let's engage in that discussion..."

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