Originally Posted by oink
That's like saying the hammer I bought at Sears ended up being used on my dumba$$ neighbor's head, therefore, the problem is the hammer.
No, it's not remotely the same, because Sears isn't making money every time the hammer is used. If they were, you can be sure that it would be a very different situation. These companies make a LOT of money from illegal content being accessed via their services. That makes it a completely different ball game.
BTW, I am no internet geek and I don't torrent anything.
Neither am I, but that's irrelevant to the point that vast numbers of people are.
If someone breaks into my house and runs off with my Picasso because the security system I had wasn't adequate, isn't it my RESPONSIBILTY, as the owner, to make sure such a scenario never takes place by having a security system that is impenetrable?
What? To begin with that's completely wrong. You may have noticed that they don't arrest YOU for allowing your house to be broken into, they try to find and arrest the person who broke in, and if others aided them in the crime they are responsible as well. And that's irrelevant to being with because there is NO WAY for the owners of IP material to provide such security in the case of digital media. It is impossible, just as it is impossible for you to secure your home such that it cannot be broken into, at least not and have it useful as a house in any meaningful way.
I'm SURE that the next time you are stolen from, you are going to tell the officers, oh, don't worry about it. It was my fault for letting them steal it in the first place, don't waste your money trying to find them and arrest them.