23,000 US citizens sued in the largest BitTorrent Downloading case

  How often do you download movies and games from torrents? Well, make a second thought the next time you do it. Around 23,000 US citizens are about to be sued for downloading illegal copies of The Expendables. A movies that did not run quite well on theatres, and guess this would be a strategy to get make up for the loss it made. I don't understand why the Downloaders are being sued, content is available in Net and nowhere it is written it is Illegal to download content. Either these Torrent providers should be sued, or the uploaders, why Downloaders?
  A U.S. district judge has given the U.S. Copyright Group permission to secure the identities — including names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses — of those who downloaded the film from their respective Internet service providers (ISPs). ISPs will likely notify affected clients that they are handing over their subscriber information to the Copyright Group later this week.

  Each defendant faces up to $150,000 in fines, although, as Wired points out, most cases result in settlements in the $3,000 range.
So what are your thoughts on this case?
Source : mashable.com