National plan in preparation for fall hearings.

The Canadian Recording Industry Assn. in Toronto launched a national campaign today (Sept. 29) to protect and promote respect for intellectual property. The plan comes in advance of public hearings later this fall for the new Canadian government copyright legislation.

Expressing concern that an unregulated, "Wild West" Internet culture has diminished respect for intellectual property, especially among younger Canadians, CRIA president Graham Henderson seeks to engage parents, educators, the business community and government in a dialogue on intellectual property.

"Not only does music file-swapping harm artists, but it also points to an erosion of respect for intellectual property that threatens Canada's economy and values at the core of our society," says Henderson.