I ignored your post because you're purposefully exaggerating in order to make an argument. You want to have a discussion about what actually happened? Don't exaggerate and then act like people are avoiding the point.
We aren't talking about stealing and selling cars. If they did that, they'd be in jail on criminal charges, not in a civil lawsuit.
We aren't talking about robbing banks. If they did that, they'd be in jail on a long list of criminal charges and likely incarcerated for a very long time.
As far as your point, I see no problem with questioning the severity of any repercussions and whether or not they fit the crime.
I responded to an exaggeration with an exaggeration.
pokoko said: The point is really to send a message that they are willing to destroy someone's life over this.
Tell me exactly how Nintendo destroyed someone's life by suing a website that was illegally distributing their ip. Because I suspect that you don't know the couple personally, their financial situation, the actual amount that will be paid in the settlement, what they will be doing in the future, etc.