said by tlhIngan:
The other way is to have the police file charges against those people. then when the subpeonas are issued, drop the case, then re-file the case in civil court. This worked until a few years ago in the US when judges started getting annoyed at this practice because they never saw the case end up on the docket and started seeing it as a abuse of the court as criminal charges were never intended to be filed - it was done just to get the subpeona'd information.
I know civil court is for suing people opposed to criminal proceedings. Could punishments be worse than the $5k fine in civil court. Can they take you to civil court for something that like that?
Your post also brought up another thought. The punishment is a $5k fine. It says nothing of that money going to the record companies or movie companies. It's probably like a parking fine/speeding ticket and goes to the government? IE companies would be footing alot of legal bills without anything in return?