Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and $10 PER COPY for thousands of copies is not a small claim.
I think you're failing to take into account that "copy" does not define an act as a one-to-many relationship. Copy can be a one-to-one act, but the ending act can be replicated many times. I believe that's called a "branch" relationship or in certain cases a "chain reaction".
What the idiot (and I do mean IDIOT) **AA individuals and their paid minions cover up (if they have the intelligence to even realize it in the first place) is the root point of a copy is not the source of the problem. If there is a problem, it is with each copy act that takes place. It's kind of hard to sue every damned sub copier of material even though it looks like they are beginning to try this with the ISP 6-strikes relationships. Hell, individual suits for individual copies would be suing 12 million people for $10 plus damages. They know the courts would refuse to execute on this, and with certain news articles, it looks like some are just now getting to that point.
I'm not a mathematical expert in any sense, but I do have a very good overall visual-spatial mental processing ability. I try to make the comparison to the "lost profit dollars (and I am not talking about made up shit numbers with projections and other crap nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs tied to it, but ACTUAL HARD NUMBERS) and the amount of money the corporations spend on adaptation, suits, research, punishments, bad flack and its future definitions of assholishness, etc. I look at both of those and do a simple weight in my brain and the loss is astounding in terms of fighting.
It's not anywhere near the level of intelligence we refer to as "rocket science" to understand that there are two simple concepts that have been PROVEN over time with actual death, destruction, multiplication, success, and joy:
1. When you tell people it's wrong to do something that doesn't HARM another person (but it's just defined as "wrong"), it causes people to want to do it more (and Hell, even find more creative ways of doing it just to show you what an idiot you are for trying to stop the processes).
2. When you create something that is awesome that people benefit from but it's too much work to just "do it yourself", they pay and keep paying but complain about it unless new stuff comes out to spice it up a bit.
**AA refuses to evolve or can't afford to. Given their profit margins and the lifestyles of the C*Os, they just refuse to evolve. They want to pull in assloads of money without hardly doing any thinking or work, like they used to do back in the 20th century. It was easy to give a percentage to individuals and groups (bands etc) to make them feel and act rich'n'famous while still pocketing over 200,000% of the money those rich famous people were getting. Now you have to create drama to keep things from being truly repetitive, but coming up with new things that change the industry takes too much weekly vacation money from too many top-level C*Os for a year to justify it.