Dratsab: You have to remember too, that $15k is the upper limit of what can be imposed as a fine. A fine approaching this amount would only ever be imposed for a really serious offender. If it ever got to the stage where someone got dragged through the Tribunal, I doubt a fine of anywhere near this amount would be ordered.
I tend to agree and I think cases in other areas of the law indicate that will be so.
It is not as if one has stolen the rights in total but just the $ return to the rights holder off one copy. Inflicting a fine of $15,000 would be rather like imposing a penalty appropriate to burning a shop down on someone who shop lifted a $2 bar of chocolate. Maybe a bit of community service.
At $25 a pop I think it would be cheaper for rights holders to just mail an original copy of the media "stolen" to the culprits then everyone will be happy - rights holder has no complaint as saved a bit of money and the culprit is now legal, ISP gets to keep the customer and the culprit has the media he always wanted .