French Government To Subsidise Music Downloads

The French government has launched a scheme to encourage the youth of the country to download music legally by subsidising certain music purchases.

The scheme, which is targeted at 12-25 year olds, will encourage them to download music files legally and not indulge in illegal file sharing.

The government is offering €50 music cards, which will be available to the French youth for half its price. The other half will be paid by the French government.

According to the French government, the scheme will cost it around €25 million or £22 million, if it manages to sell one million music cards within an year.

Online music download websites will be forced to comply by the subsidised prices offered by the scheme, by reducing the download charges, extend the subscription period and marketing the new scheme.

According to the BBC, the European Commission has already given the go-ahead for carrying out the scheme.