Last such wave of lawsuits was about 6 months ago when 90 Britons were sued. The average settlement was about £2000.
The record labels and music managements have lost major profits because of the "illegal" file sharing. And they want to put an end to it. However, bands like Franz Ferdinand and Blur would rather vote for free internet music.
There have been lots of lawsuits - Napster, Kazaa, and now also the regular people are being annoyed by these lawsuits. The Cheers magazine doesn't really agree with that. We don't think that the record labels are as stupid as they let others think they are. There's lots of money to be made even with free file sharing. Guys - please - just put your heads together and don't try to live off by old fat.