Some people feel that a member the BitTorrent based piracy group iMAGiNE got a raw deal with a 5 year sentence for his role in the movie piracy group. While five years is likely too much, some form of punishment is definitely deserved in this case.
This wasn't a casual uploader at home, this was a person who rented servers, registered domains, and took donations and charged for pirated movies. This person looked to flaunt the law and share movies on a large scale.
While I may not like or appreciate current copyright law, until it is reformed there are still laws that protect businesses today that need to be enforced. Maybe it should be a very large fine and 12 months probation, but there needs to be a punishment in this case.