Originally Posted by Easy Rhino
I would like to know how much the RIAA, MPAA and software companies have spent on lawyers, media coverage, etc. These pirate bay guys will go to jail, they will get out early and they will be unable to pay that massive fine.
It's not about the cost of this lawsuit. It's about setting a precedent. The Pirate Bay was an easy target. If they called themselves "The Torrent Depository" the plaintiffs might not have targeted them. Just by their name though they announced their intentions. This made it easier for the case to be made against them. Once the precedent has been made though, they can go to other sites that do the same thing and have them fined and put in jail (theoretically). Do this to 5 or 6 of the largest sites and you'll scare the others off.
What we need is for the RIAA and MPAA to be deemed monopolies and regulated as to not take advantage of their ability to basically charge whatever they please for movies and music. When individuals
are making 10's of millions of dollars per movie I think it's excessive. If they were able to eliminate p2p file sharing how much more would they be able to charge?