Important musicians such as Barenaked Ladies and Avril Lavigne have formed the Canadian Music Creators Coalition to among other things, support fans being sued by the Big Four Organized Music cartel. In their first white paper, the artists say, "Fans who share music are not thieves or pirates. Sharing music has been happening for decades."
Well, now we have proof that the CRIA does not act in the interests of its own artists. According to Michael Geist, now the CMCC will have to be represented at parliamentary hearings on proposed copyright legislation so politicians will hear directly from the artists instead of just lobbyists who do not represent either the artists or the consumers (or for that matter any of the small labels).