The Canadian Press picks up on the story involving Nettwerk's backing of a defendant in an RIAA suit. The story includes some additional comments and insights from Nettwerk's Terry McBride. McBride says that he has the support of all the artists that he manages including Avril Lavigne, the Barenaked Ladies, and Sarah McLachlin. In fact, he notes that he's received emails of support from several U.S. congressmen, a U.S. senator and some record label presidents. Says McBride:
Graham Henderson, the president of CRIA, was apparently unavailable for comment.
Update: The Toronto Star has coverage with yet more comments from Terry McBride, including "Avril would never sue a fan, so obviously the RIAA can't claim that they're doing this on Avril's behalf because she wouldn't be suing anyone. Their interests are very different than the interests of our artists."
Update II: Terry McBride, who clearly is not planning on remaining silent on this issue, is featured in this podcast that includes an interview with the Nettwerk CEO.
Update III: Graham Henderson speaks.