Content companies efforts at enforcing their copyrights seem to be geographically focused on few areas. In Illinois, the content companies appear to have given up on the Central and Southern Districts – the Southern District has not seen a file sharing case since 2012, and the Central District has not seen one since September 2013.
As shown by the following map, the districts are determined on county boundaries. If you live outside of the Northern District, there is a good chance that any file sharing activities will go unnoticed (at least for now).
There are numerous possible reasons for this. Most Illinois IP attorneys are located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, thereby presenting a stronger possibility that attorneys with relationships with content companies would be in and around Chicago. Alternatively, the content companies may have made a conscious decision to focus on population centers, or on areas with higher incomes.
Whatever the reason, it seems that file sharers in Central and Southern Illinois have a lot less to worry about than their fellows in the Northern District.