snowbirdcity - 11:12 am on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
Here in the United States, one has to prove there are damages arising from the copyright infringement. This has to be well documented as this is what the courts will award judgements based upon. Secondly, the defendant must have an ability to pay. Otherwise, the judgement will simply be an entry in the court's and credit bureau's computer that follows the defendant around for life.
In many cases it is not wise to file a lawsuit as the amount of financial losses arising from the infringement are difficult to prove, quite subjective and rather limited for the average webmaster.