While we were participating in a great launch of In the Public Interest, CRIA was across town promoting two new surveys that seek to link seemingly all teenager problems and recording industry woes with file sharing. It is tempting to conduct a detailed analysis on how off-base these two new studies are – whether focused on the link between one of the survey sources (Environics, the same firm that run CRIA' s media campaign), the failure to address the existence of private copying, or the easily countered claims of enormous losses due to primarily to P2P.
Based on the reaction to the CRIA surveys, it seems to me that a full counter isn' t really needed though. The claims are so over-the-top – as if a reduction in file sharing would somehow lead to less shoplifting or cheating on school tests – that the press release would be more at home as an article in The Onion, than in the traditional media. It would seem the media agrees: several papers don' t cover the story and check out the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun, who all focus primarily on our book launch instead.
Perhaps the most telling response, however, came at the Bill C-60 Open Forum yesterday. The CRIA release was mentioned by one of the speakers. The entire audience from all sides of the copyright debate just laughed.