I am thinking along the lines of Naptster/MP3s, and the “stealing” cable TV signals and satellite.
Along the lines of Napster, if someone wanted too, I suspect they could track down several individuals via their IP. As per cable/satellite TV, they could get the names/info of their “clientel” via the “busted” operations that sell the illegal hardware.
Or, do the big corps only seem to go after the big fish, like the “dealers” of the goods, the ones higher-up the food chain and leave the end users alone?
The reason I ask this is I heard the other day of a bust of group of people in the US professionally selling goods (pirate satellite TV equip, in this case) that has no real other purpose than stealing signals that they aren’t paying for. However, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of end-users getting successfully sued even though the TV and music industry itself says there are, literally, millions of people using the stuff.
Is it the law-enforcement angle? Too many people and too few cops? Do they even care?