The law on and for books

The law voted on June 18th 2003 introducing public lending rights had several aims: significant state support to avoid passing the cost on to readers, supporting "living" publishing and authors writing today through its unique system of remuneration, encouraging bookshops outside Paris to apply for procurement contracts by capping discounts, and making generous contributions to the writers' pension fund by matching contributions to the tune of 50%. As a result, it would be damaging to dilute copyright legislation at a time when digital forms of publishing are raising numerous issues and when managing the rights of out-of-print works post-digitisation is set to benefit from the experience of pooled files and advances in computer technology.