A Chicago woman who downloaded copyrighted songs from Kazaa has been ordered by a federal appeals court to pay $22,500. The woman downloaded at least 1,370 songs. So that works out to about $16 a song. Apple's iTunes Music Store suddenly doesn't seem so expensive, does it?
The woman, Cecilia Gonzalez, tried to defend her actions by saying she was sampling songs to decide if she should buy the full CDs. The judge decided to play economics teacher.
"As file sharing has increased over the last four years, the sales of recorded music have dropped by approximately 30 percent," the court said. "Perhaps other economic factors contributed, but the events likely are related."