Since the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) can’t really afford to sue all of the people it would like to, Senators Lamar Alexander (TN) Orrin Hatch (KY), and Charles Schumer (NY) are co-sponsoring a bill to authorize the Attorney General to spend your tax dollars to sue citizens to protect civil copyright.
Better still is the fact that, as Jessica Litman, a law professor at Wayne State University, points out in this article, the principle of double jeopardy does not apply. This means that an individual sued by the Justice Department can also be sued by the RIAA for the same offence.
Basically this amounts to the Attorney General using tax dollars to act as the legal arm of the RIAA, and there isn’t a lot you can do about it. Now that really sounds like piracy.