Originally Posted by BoldlyDubious
About media publishers, the way you describe the situation says that they are turning into just another category akin to patent trolls...
They are. The porn companies are the worst right now.
One guy paid for a porn video subscription and downloaded 9 videos. Each were watermarked to show he was the one that downloaded them. They were then shared via p2p (the one article i saw made it seem like his downloads were automatically shared). He ended up being sued and having 1.5 million dollars in restitution awarded against him. Given the porn industry and its low budget high volume methods, i wouldn't be surprised if that was higher than the amount made off all 9 movies.