Now here’s an interesting story. The Australian government apparently owns a certain percentage of a particular ISP (click the link for the details). This ISP has made a huge profit last year and this made the Australian government some money also. ISPs make money by selling bandwith and of course a considerable chunk of that bandwith was used for illegal peer-to-peer filesharing. From this chunk alone, the linked article argues, Australia made $2 billion last year.
They’re doing a good job on keeping everybody happy… The lobbyists, themselves and errr… oh no, not the ISPs and consumers (aka citizens) that risk getting prosecuted.