The RIAA threat is still nebulous, and the situation is like, um, lemme think: you have a tree full of fruits in front of you, and you're hungry. The tree is pretty much nobody's, but the fruits belong to other people. You can always get to the store and pay lots of money for your own few fruits that will ease your hunger for maybe one day. So you choose what's easier, take some fruits (actually, the fruits remain in the tree even after you've taken them :)) and hope the warden won't come. that's about the whole story, simplified. So we shouldn't wonder why students download music from the Internet. Well, in their case, I could as well download an album, listen to it then delete it from my computer, because I can redownload it in what, five minutes? So when RIAA comes, my HDD is empty. Did I download? So? Where's the evidence? Some logs? Eh, they can be faked as well.