Geez, after reading that article, it really seems crazy. In my state if you flash headlights to let someone know there is a cop ahead doing a speed check, you get fined $1000 dollars. That is linking in a sense, no one has broken the law but you are telling someone that the "Law" is doing a spot check. That always seemed unfair to me, till I had a kid and saw people driving down my private dirt road doing 70 on dirt bikes and go karts and were endangering my family. On the other hand, linking a song or movie does not cause that kind of damage. I'd rather see the "authorities" going after people who harm other people, i.e. pedophiles, rapists, armed robbers, people who break and enter.
There should be some method of stopping a site tht hosts pirated good fast, really fast. If the resources where put into that kind of technology instead of lawyers, the problem would greatly be reduced. A couple of CRAY computers doing a continuous search for a list of potentially pirated goods would put a dent in it. I don't think the effort should be wasted after a certain point in time. When you can get a movie for $5.00 dollars at Walmart, it days are over. Some kid getting fined $10's of 1000's of dollars for a 99 cent song is criminal, a slap on the hand the first time. If someone keeps doing it well then that person is a thieve. banning that person from the internet is a lot better than going to jail.