adder - 8:54 am on Jul 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
It is copyright holders who benefit, and they should try to make an honest case
They don't benefit. It's the money they have honestly earned by writing the music and performing. For you it's entertainment, for them it's hard work and at the end of the day they want to take their wage home just like you and me.
If you've ever been in full-time employment, imagine the accountant telling you on the payday: "Sorry, Graeme, you only get half the salary this month because some pirates raided the office last night and nicked some of the money" You'd go beserk! Nevertheless, for some strange, strange reason everyone thinks that it's ok to steal from musicians and actors. It's not ok. It's just like shoplifting. There's no difference between shoplifting and downloading illegal music! You want something, you pay for it.
The only way we can fight with this situation is to introduce stringent regulations for ISPs and Search Engines. For an ISP it's very easy to detect people downloading illegal music. Simply report them to the police and deal done. Similarly, for the search engines, simply drop the pirate sites from your index. It's easy!