Mathew Ingram has pegged the music industry:
I’m not going to argue that what Jammie Thomas did was right in a legal sense, because it clearly wasn’t, as Mike Masnick notes at Techdirt. So the RIAA was obviously within its rights to sue. But $222,000 for 24 songs? That’s just ridiculous. It’s a good thing the case only involved 24 songs, and not the 1,700 or so that Ms. Thomas had on her hard drive initially. That would have left her paying about $15-million for that music collection, if the same formula was used. And what was the formula? Something like X times Y, to the power of Z — where X is the lack of a sustainable business model, Y is an aggravated response to a non-existent threat, and Z is the inability to differentiate between customers and thieves.
Like him, I agree that this woman should not have grabbed music without paying. However, the penalty is absurd, and all it's going to do is convince the RIAA that their "we hate our customers" jihad is a good idea - which means we'll see more of it. Oh happy day.