the writers for this blog are not that logical
Theoretically, the penalty in this case should not be the retail price of the songs...$1. If that were the case EVERYONE would pirate since if you aren't caught you get free songs and if you are caught you merely pay what you were supposed to. If the probability of being caught is 0.1%, much higher than reality, then the expected cost of pirating 10 songs is like 1 cent. Since monitoring for pirates is very hard and it costs a lot to litigate, the monetary penalty MUST be much higher than the retail price of the song. It has to be in the thousands per song, at the least, so that it acts as a deterrent to other pirates.
The actual probability of being caught is probably 1 out of 100K or lower. If the penalty for being caught is 20K per song this means the expected cost of pirating is only 20 cents per song, versus the $1 retail price.
Princeton Junction, NJ
A VPN costs $5 a month, and the chance of being caught is near zero with that. You have a higher chance of winning the lottery. When the trolls fish for IP addresses, they get the VPN's IP address. They send a letter to the VPN provider who responds by saying that they don't keep any logs. It'll be damn near impossible for the trolls to find the original downloader.
FutureMonAch Du LieberPremium,ExMod 2002-05
Except that they could threaten to sue/shut down the VPN unless they cooperated in tracking from that point forward to catch the peep who was using the VPN.