I’m going to start with the headline of a post to Michael Geist’s blog this morning: Canadian Recording Industry To Pay $45 Million To Settle Class Action Over Copyright Infringement. Go Read. I’ll wait.
Now I’d like to say something stronger: The recording industry (which CRIA represents) is one of the most corrupt, spineless, worthless and most heinous blight on the landscape of our culture. They will inevitably lie, cheat and bully their way to untold riches and care little for the law except when it is in their favor. There have even been new words added to the english language to describe the malfeasance of the recording industry (see payola).
For anyone at the recording industry to accuse individual Canadians of copyright infringement is simply (at best) projection. As I was composing that last sentence, I was looking up “The pot calling the kettle black” and Wikipedia’s entry is excellent as usual:
As generally understood, the person accusing is understood to share some quality with the target of their accusation. An alternative interpretation, recognized by some, but not all, sources is that the pot is sooty (being placed on a fire), while the kettle is clean and shiny (being placed on coals only), and hence when the pot accuses the kettle of being black, it is the pot’s own sooty reflection that it sees: the pot accuses the kettle of a fault that only the pot has, rather than one that they share. See also projection.
It perfectly applies here. If the only result of the internet generation were to erase most of the big media companies leaving only artists and their fans, it wouldn’t be a waste. Wars have been fought over less.