"US Copyright Group’s mass extortion lawsuit targeting more than 50,000 people accused of illegally downloading one of several indie films" == Inaccurate statement.
"A few months ago I reported how the US Copyright Group, a DC-based venture combining the efforts of technology companies and a conglomeration of intellectual property law firms, had quietly sued more than 20,000 BitTorrent users for illegally distributing one or more of the indie films" == Accurate statement.
In Amerika, you may 'download' anything you happen to run across. This applies to ANY information you happen to intercept. Including, but not limited to, the internet, CB radio, a paper note found on the sidewalk, top secret CIA satellite communications, etc, etc. You cannot be charged, sued, or anything else for 'downloading' anything. The real problem is that Torrent operates like E-Mule. Anything you are downloading (incoming) is forcibly also shared (outgoing). Even just the tiny little bits and pieces of the file. In the US at least, there is a huge difference between one and the other. (uploading and downloading). This is why I happen to use a certain other software that allows me to control what is going out and what is coming in.
BT is more usefaul for getting the latest copies of Linux than anything else.
As far as an 'indie' artist goes, an independent artist has far more control over their work than the biggest stars in Hollywood since they are not under contract to anyone and still have full rights to their work. Indie doesn't automatically mean open source.