Lescure report plans to tax connected devices and abolish Hadopi | News | Rapid TV News
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The first hints of what can be expected from the report on cultural content in the digital era by Pierre Lescure, which will be handed to President François Hollande today at 12pm, have been leaked.

Among the 75 expected proposals, the report plans to tax connected devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as getting rid of Hadopi.

Hadopi, the authority, set up by Nicolas Sarkozy to fight illegal downloads, will be abolished and its remit transferred to TV regulator CSA which would become the new regulator for digital cultural offerings.

The tax on connected devices will include connected TV sets and aims to compensate the content value transfer from consumers who are increasingly accustomed to getting free content to manufacturers and high-priced devices.

The report, compiled by the former Canal+ Group CEO, also aims to enable consumers to access movies 18 months after their theatrical release, instead of the current 36 months, through VOD.