The duelling press conferences between CMCC and CRIA on Monday provided an interesting contrast for the news as CBC, CTV and others included clips and interviews from both musicians such as Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies as well as from Graham Henderson of CRIA.
CRIA has now posted a DRM-free MP3 version of Henderson's speech, which he titled "Beyond Deadwood: Canadian Law and the Development of a Digital Marketplace." The speech contains the usual litany of questionable claims such as a poll result that indicated that 66 percent of Canadians between the ages of 15 to 24 years of age would support ISPs monitoring for illegal content. The goal of the speech is to equate virtually all of the industry's ills to file sharing, which CRIA believes would be solved by establishing anti-circumvention legislation (never mind that anti-circumvention legislation has been in place in the U.S. since before the launch of the first Napster).
Listening to the speech, you cannot help but be struck at the different visions of Canadian music. The CMCC, comprised of some of Canada's best-known artists, looks at the Internet and the law today and sees opportunity and a thriving music scene. CRIA, on the other hand, looks at the Internet and the law today and sees deadwood.
Update: The National Post carries a masthead editorial today which looks at CRIA and seemingly sees the same thing.