I never meant to take the side RIAA/MPAA & don't intend to . I wasn't aware they were a party to this lawsuit & don't believe they are. So consider me against the RIAA/MPAA .
What I posted about was the decision not to hold the parents responsible for the actions of their minor child . When a child commits a crime it is parental negligence . That is what these parents are guilty of.
I do want to answer some of your comments .
I know they can't . I think the murder comparison to this case is a bit extreme . I didn't check the stats but it is my belief that murder by child is still somewhat rare.
As above what the parents can be criminally charged with for a crime committed by their child is negligence.
That is modern thinking & a part of the problem .
It is an excuse for parents not taking on the responsibility they have.
No one forced them to become parents it was their decision.
By making that decision they take responsibility for supervising their child until the law considers that child an adult . Or hiring someone to help them do that supervision. This is a 27/7 responsibility.
Anything less is negligence .
Why should another person suffer damage from someone's child either physical or monetary without compensation from the parent ?
They can most just don't . If they hire adults or have others such as adult family then the child or children can be supervised 24/7 .
Now I want to take it down several notches from murder & up a couple from this internet crime.With this example:
Say the same 13 year old boy was your neighbor . His crime was vandalism . His act was to take a screwdriver & deeply scratch your car in every conceivable location . The parents had no knowledge of his intention of doing this .
Do you still hold the parents no responsible civilly?
I do & I would want a court to decide the parents were negligent in their supervision of their child & therefore responsible to pay for the damage .
Then they could have the child work for them until the debt was paid.
You wouldn't have to wait for the money to fix the damage .
In this case the wait would be 5 years if it was decided by the court that only the child was responsible for your damages. Usually there is an additional 10 years the child has after becoming an adult to settle .
So it might be 15 years before you were compensated & even that would require more legal action if it wasn't voluntarily paid.
My opinion is based on US law & I don't know much about Germany's laws. I do remember reading about Germany taking children from parents that tried to homeschool . They considered this negligence.
From that I know that a German court can hold a parent negligent.