Last month I posted about a recently released report commissioned by Canadian Heritage on the future of the Canadian music industry. I noted that the report provides a realistic assessment of the challenges facing the industry, emphasizing the need to embrace the Internet and new technologies without laying the blame on copyright law. I suppose somewhat predictably, the report has apparently left CRIA fuming. Billboard runs a story in which CRIA President Graham Henderson describes the report as "one-sided" and expresses dismay that copyright is not a focal point of the report. Further, Henderson claims that it is "erroneous" to suggest that independent labels have prospered in Canada.
Of course, the government and the indie labels don't see it that way. Pierre Lalonde, director of sound recording policy for Canadian Heritage, maintains that indie labels have not been as hard hit by infringement concerns, while a spokesperson for the Canadian Independent Record Production Association, the group that represents indie labels is positive about the report.