When the RIAA announced that it was suing 50+ more people the other day, I got to thinking about why we don't hear much about law enforcement tracking down and arresting the pedophiles who use KaZaA to freely distribute illegal porn.
I thought about it for a sec, and I guessed that the reason why they aren't arresting people en masse is the opposite of the reason the RIAA is suing file-swappers. We all know that the RIAA sues people because they say that the act of downloading music hurts the recording industry. Are pedophiles and others hurting the illegal porn industry by downloading for free what they used to have to pay for? Instead of supporting the sickos who produce the porn, they are getting it all for free.
Here's the dilemma: should the law go after the pedophiles and wackos who are using KaZaA as a medium for free exchange? If they do, will it scare the other users into buying their porn and supporting the illegal industry instead of downloading it? Maybe thats why we aren't hearing too much about it because the law is trying to keep the arrests quiet to prevent the downloaders and uploaders from being scared away from filesharing (and going back to purchasing instead).
On the flip side, KaZaA and other filesharing networks could be responsible for creating an illegal porn market because they are satisfying the desires of the downloaders. The downloaders eventually get bored at what is on the filesharing networks so they take the next step and actually buy the stuff. If THAT is true, then isn't KaZaA responsible for creating devoted music fans as well, thereby increasing sales?