Piracy-hit French music staff protest sackings

2nd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - French record company workers went on strike and demonstrated Wednesday to protest mass sackings in their industry, which has been hard-hit by music piracy.

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - French record company workers went on strike and demonstrated Wednesday to protest mass sackings in their industry, which has been hard-hit by music piracy.

Around 300 rallied near the culture ministry in central Paris to express anger at the layoffs, which are expected to cut at least 1,000 jobs from the 5,000-strong workforce in the country.

Employees at the French subsidiaries of big music groups BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner as well as those at smaller companies went on strike to show their concern.

Management at the recording firms say music sales in France plummeted 20 percent this year and 15 percent last year largely because of illegal downloading of songs off the Internet.

French unions, while recognising the problems of piracy, say the companies have also been too slow to adapt to the new trends in music consumption.

Martine Zulber, an official in the CFDT union which organised the demonstration, said most of the music industry's costs went to marketing, advertising and paying royalties, so "they can't just apply accounting logic to the crisis."

© AFP

Subject: French news

 

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