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Thankfully, people tend to interpret legal terms the way the law does, not the way you do -- this is a good thing, as you obviously have no clue as to what the hell you're talking about. Here's how the 8th edition of Black's Law Dictionary defines extortion (quotes removed for the sake of my tired, tired hands):
extortion, n. 1. The offense committed by a public official who illegally obtains property under the color of office; esp., an official's collection of an unlawful fee. 2. The act or practice of obtaining something or compelling some action by illegal means, as by force or coercion.
There is absolutely no chance the RIAA is making any money with all the legal fees they are spending here. Typically they ask people to settle for very small amounts. Lawyers cost hundreds of thousands or even millions just to hire a few.
Got any numbers you can cite? Any references at all to back up your supposed knowledge of the RIAA's legal expenses and profits? Or are you just making stuff up? Put up or shut up.
Dude, what do cops do most of their careers? They sit on the side of the road, eating doughnuts and waiting for some poor schmuck to come by who just happens to be driving a little faster than some governmental "authority" decided is acceptable. Doesn't matter that everybody exceeds the speed limit - we're all just a bunch of lawbreakers.
Something is seriously wrong when laws can be passed that make us all criminals.
Hell, I just read an article where a woman was arrested for - get this - eating a candy bar at a subway terminal where eating is prohibited. She actually took the last bite as she entered the station and threw the wrapper away. But since she was chewing it, the idiot cop followed her. When she asked, "Don't you have anything better to do?", they arrested her.
Higher priorities on their minds... Yeah, right.