Wow, no supporters yet? Where are all the "morally superior" RIAA/MPAA supporters and the others who will excuse the xxAAs violation of others' copyright in protection of their copyright? Come on guys, you usually have such good responses..
This just goes to show that the xxAAs aren't "moral warriors", somehow interested in preventing "theft" and protecting the "rights of artists".. They freely disregard copyright when it is economically and technically beneficial for them -- just like they accuse average P2P user of doing.
As usual, they believe they're above the law. In reality, the law should frown more on them than the average user - the industry associations consist of lawyers; average P2P users are laypeople.
Copyright in this country is broken, and simple platitudes like "THEFT IS THEFT, DEAL WITH IT!" do nothing.
The RIAA/MPAA are interested in one thing: Protecting their obsolete, expensive, inefficient business model. Over and over again it's been shown that users WILL pay for content if the price is right and the RIGHTS are right with that content. All DRM does is punish the law-abiding customer, and all lawsuits do is target the naive and poor and give the xxAA's an even worse reputation.
I guarantee you those who "pirate" the most aren't worried one bit about lawsuits - they're not sharing a plethora of files on a college network - they know better. The ass'ns can continue to nab more clueless poor college students and grandmothers in the name of "protecting copyright".. but they're driving the nail into their own coffins.
Simple answer: offer an inexpensive, compulsory license service where the money goes direct to the digital distributors and artists. Cut out the middleman. Only problem then, is, the lawyer-lobbyists go away. Boo hoo.