There have been two different college situations mentioned. If it a situation of a large group of kids buying one Go subscription and then sharing it, I see how someone could consider that a problem.
If it is college kids with the password for their home account then that seems exactly what that is designed for. While in college they are still in most cases for legal purposed residing at their parent's house. The HBO login is designed to allow you to watch content while away from home. The fact that they are away from home for four years is only a detail.
They allege that there were several different packages on the machine, and that there was no evidence that any of them were on the machine until just before he turned the drive over to them for inspection.
The flaw in their credibility is they make that claim about a piece of software that comes bundled on his brand of laptop, as well as the other pieces of software.
There is plenty of blame to go around. While I think some (most? all?) of the disputes between content providers and the distributors are ridiculous, you don't have to do much digging to find a whole lot of bloat on the bill that is strictly from the cable company.
For instance I can't watch things on my DVR on my other TV, because they wanted to not only charge me a per month fee to turn on the feature on my DVR, but wanted to charge me a monthly network fee, that was basically charging me to allow them to send signal across my wire in my home network that both receivers were already connected to.
Both sides of the industry are trying their best to ignore the fact that the current method is going to change, it only remains to be seen who will be a part of it, and who will dry up and blow away, while crying the modern equivalent of "Why isn't anyone buying my buggy whips?"
I'm not sure we can say the only income they had was from these two default judgements. On the cases where they were allowed to serve the ISP and got a response, were their any single ip dismissals that would indicate someone who settled based on the threat letters.
And I might check it out if Chartier hadn't started the speculative invoicing scheme. As it is now though, I refuse to do anything that might resemble supporting his work. Even though it will not change the amount of money he will receive, "Dallas Buyers Club" in now on (or was recently) a premium movie channel that I subscribe to, and I still won't watch it.