It completely destroyed large section of the music industry and did cut the revenues by a lot, yes making spotify free and having everything on youtube with adblockers make piracy irrelevant on that platform, but removed all revenues as well, people happily pay very little for having it on their mobile.Which just goes to show that they are blowing hot air. Always playing the victim and always overstating the actual impact of piracy on their bottom line. The fact remains that most pirates wouldn't turn into paying customers overnight if they put an end to piracy. The thing is, they don't have to end piracy, they have to offer a service that is better, and people will pay for it. mp3 sharing didn't die, it has become irrelevant, because of music streaming services that are affordable and more convenient. Music streaming works because they don't have exclusives, they don't try to fragment the market, they don't geolock content, therefore people happily pay for it.
Has for always overstating the actual impact of piracy on their bottom line maybe they do, but from what I remember it was around 3-7% of the pirated content that would have turned into a sales in their complaining models (they compare sales when a good leak get out a bad leak versus product that did not have them and market that had a version for them versus not when language barrier are relevant enough), maybe it is vastly overstated but it was far from saying that 100% of the pirated content would have been sold.
Court fees asked include much more than what you claim to have lost in general it also include a punishment section historically (to make sure that the fine is always bigger than what you made as revenues from the fraudulus actions).
Convenient for you is something absolutely subjective and I am not sure how relevant here, when someone say something is more convenient without adding for themselve in that type of conversation it imply more of an objective judgment.It is more convenient for me, not for the technically illiterate. But the technically illiterate won't pirate either way, so how is this relevant?
For example if I say, netflix exploded on streaming versus it's dvd by mail models even with a much much smaller and worst offer because it was much more convenient (well false for many people without broaden internet, I am talking overall).
The technically illiterate nowadays in many market pirates a lot and always had, it was homemade copy of cd/dvd/vhs in flee market back in the days, today it is all setuped android box stream.