Probably because I am a musician and so are many of my close friends I see the debate a little differently. This particular bill might be overkill but when you take the time to create something and someone just comes along and rips you off it is hard to swallow. Let me tell you studio time is not cheap. I write songs and have an album and it costs me hundreds of dollars for each song recorded. Thats cheap cuz my guy cut me a break. And you have to pay musicians background singers engineers, and for mastering ect. I dont depend on music for my income but some people I know do. Think about that when you are doing your illegal download. Not every musician is living like MTV Cribs. I also have close friends who dont perform just write. They need royalties for income. No sales. Not much for royalties.
Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it.