The market for intellectual property has never been stable. Since the invention of the printing press, and the advent of recorded sound, every new technological development has threatened old models of compensation, and that is exactly what is happening today. The studios want a solution, and some law firms have sold individual content owners on the idea of making money from piracy through lawsuits. Right now, court decisions in these cases are fractured, with some courts unable to agree how to proceed even within their courthouse, let alone their jurisdiction. No one is sure how far this will go, but the people being sued for downloads over bittorrent are today's guinea pigs. If you are one of the unfortunate few, it can be extremely unnerving, but don't let yourself be bullied.
Rule Number Two: Don't let this get to you. This is not a criminal charge, it is a lawsuit for money damages. If you are being sued, this will be an inconvenience, and potentially an expense, but there is no reason to let it be more than that. Do not give them the satisfaction of letting this keep you up at night. Think of it less like being investigated by the FBI, and more like having your transmission blow out on a road trip through the desert -- a hassle, but not a life-changing event.
Read through the topics below to learn how these suits are operate. Please note, this information is provided for purposes of background, and not as legal advice. To discuss the facts of your case, call or email me. I answer my phone at all hours, and I try to be diligent about quickly responding to email.
Please keep in mind that these cases are rapidly developing, and information that you may read, either here or elsewhere, can become outdated very quickly. Also, remember to read everything critically. There is a lot of information out there, and not all of it is reliable. Some sources tend to emphasize the good news, and suppress the bad. Others have an agenda of their own that may or may not align with yours.