College student is audiophile; has roughly 10,000 songs. Some are legally paid for or ripped from a CD. Some are pirated major-label bands. Some are pirated indie-label bands. The rest are freely downloaded songs from not-for-profit bands.
RIAA finds college student downloading torrents, and decides to make an example of this student by filing a lawsuit.
Considering that some of these tracks are legal, some are illegal and owned by the RIAA, and some are illegal but NOT owned by the RIAA. What would most likely happen?
1. RIAA will go through the painstaking process of trying to discern which tracks they can legally sue over, one file at a time, and will not press charges for indie/free files
2. RIAA will discern which files were pirated, and press charges for all of them, indie label or not
3. RIAA will attempt to press charges for everything, even free files
4. RIAA will drop the case, due to the difficulty in discerning legal vs. illegal
And suppose, for a twist, the college student is in fact Indie McHipster, and has pirated ONLY indie-label music, and those labels are not interested in pressing charges against fans. What then?