What of the much vaunted ability to track down copyright infringement, in order to empower 3 strikes laws? Are these operations really so hard to find and shut down?
No and no. The problem is that if your FCC is anything like Canada's CRTC, they just simply don't give a fuck. (Or in their words, they're powerless and can't even find who is making the calls)
Marketplace (CBC investigation/consumer rights TV program) had absolutely no problem tracking down and embedding a journalist in an offshore telemarketing scam company. They even took their findings to the head of the CRTC and asked "If we can find these people, why can't the police, or the CRTC?"
The response was basically stunned silence, followed by "We can only action on information we receive.". Even in the face of so many complaints and information given directly to them (including the name and address of the violating company, the CRTC just says "Oh, that's nice. We're pleased with the job the CRTC is doing. This should be a police matter." (16:50)
Or more accurately, when faced with the statement "Nobody has a solution", the CRTC's response is "That's right".
So I agree with you. It's sad that the full force of God can be brought down upon a teenager sharing some MP3, but when there is real, actual international fraud being committed on a grand and organized scale-- openly and brazenly-- the authorities who can stop it are nowhere to be seen. Actually worse-- they're right there, refusing to do anything while patting themselves on the back for a job well done.
CBC Marketplace episode, To Catch a Telemarketer: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2013/01/to-catch-a-telemarketer.html