Today the trial against the Pirate Bay begins. The four people that are on trial are facing damages of up to $14 million (115 MSEK). That's a lot of money. Or is it?
Consider this: there are 25 million people using Pirate Bay. If every user would pay about 55 cents, the legal damages for Pirate Bay will be paid in full. From a technical perspective there are many ways to gather people and collect money on the internet these days by using social media and crowdfunding sites.
Anyhow, it's just an idea. Good or bad, I don't know, but it is possible.
Earlier post: What filesharing can learn from Dutch pot-heads