I am sorry but after reading some of the responses here I am deeply troubled.
1. People need to carefully read and consider the OP, its source article and any relevant case history.
2. A distinction between what this particular instance is about and other MPAA and RIAA actions must be made
3. With liberty, comes great responsibility.
The RIAA is not looking to proceed without "proof". They simply wish to be able to move forward without direct evidence of files being exchanged. If you place a copyrighted file, in a share folder accessible to others through a p2p framework... it is IRRELEVANT whether it has been accessed by others. The very action of making it accessible is PIRACY.
Ignorance is not an excuse. I am astounded by the lack of accountability espoused by many of you "patriots". I take our Bill of Rights seriously, as it is the very fabric of which our democracy is woven. I also am appalled by the actions of the government in infringing upon our personal liberties at the behest of corporate interests. HOWEVER, this does not excuse me from remaining objective; and responsible for disseminating the information that is presented in front of me both thoughtfully and carefully. I urge all of you to reflect on what freedom means, and the dear price that others have paid to provide it to you.
the MPAA and RIAA are a joke.
Organizations based on two principles, fear and greed.
Two of the most destructive forces in our society.
The issue is not evidence or just cause... the issue is the concept of Intellectual Property, hell property rights in general. It's all based on a system that thrives on greed while claiming it's driven by "competition".
The question is if it is a system that is adapted to human nature, or if it shapes who we are... probably a bit of both.
In the end this is an example of the lows we can reach... targeting people for exchanging something that can be given without taking anything away.