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Aymeric Pichevin, Billboard

France OKs three-strikes piracy effort

The French government has given the green light to the controversial "Internet and creation" law, which is designed to control online piracy.

Vivendi posts strong sales; UMG shares rise

French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced Friday at a press conference in Paris.

Warner Music France opens ‘artist box’

Warner Music France has launched a new physical format, the "artist box," which bundles a CD with memorabilia such as caps, bracelets and photos.

France starts download service Airtist

The French market has its own ad-supported free music download platform, Airtist.

Sacre blues: French music biz down 21%

The wholesale value of the French music market in the first nine months decreased to €443.9 million ($651 million), down 20.5% from the corresponding period last year, according to figures issued Thursday by labels trade body SNEP.