France to legalize file-sharing?

Wow: according to this Bloomberg article, the French Parliament voted to legalize file-sharing with regards to music and movies. Not really sure what to think of that. I’m all for the replacement of the current music industry business model with something sustainable given the utter ease of digital duplication and distribution these days, but is this really the right answer?

Probably a half-step would be better: don’t let industry thugs like the RIAA get away with suing grandmothers and pre-teens for downloading, but at the same time, don’t just let people copy whatever they want whenever they want. How to find (and how, technologically, to implement) a middle-ground measure is awfully tricky to imagine, though. What the ethical basis for such a compromise would be is also a bit hard to see.

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