The cost of anti-piracy success

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The recording industry is notoriously harsh on music pirates. They’ve pursued individuals with almost no sense of mercy or having a punishment that fits the crime (I’m not condoning piracy here – I think creative people are worth their keep). And it’s little wonder when you read a factoid like this, about the Recording Industry Association of America’s legal costs when compared to their “wins”:

“…they [the RIAA] spent around $64,000,000 in legal and investigative expenses to recover around $1,361,000.”

That’s throwing good money after bad.