If the average settlement were $3,900, that would mean 100 settlements for the entire year.Ha ha ha ha ha. RIAA paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 in 2008 to recover only $391,000!!! Are RIAA lawsuit damages Constitutional? Law prof wants to webcast RIAA lawsuit Cracked vs. RIAA damages 20000 US BitTorrent users sued; 30000 more lawsuits pending ... RIAA's lawsuit against homeless man not going entirely smoothly ... EFF to judge: Let's webcast the RIAA's lawsuit Flowchart: RIAA Lawsuit Decision Matrix RIAA has to pay $107951 for court costs in failed suit against ... Read the rest
As bad as it was, I guess it was better than the numbers for 2007, in which more than $21 million was spent on legal fees, and $3.5 million on "investigative operations" ... presumably MediaSentry. And the amount recovered was $515,929.
And 2006 was similar: they spent more than $19,000,000 in legal fees and more than $3,600,000 in "investigative operations" expenses to recover $455,000.
So all in all, for a 3 year period, they spent around $64,000,000 in legal and investigative expenses to recover around $1,361,000.