High Price For Stolen Music

Should you be a chronic tune-lifter and sharer, let this case serve as a warning to you. Joel Tenebaum was charged with illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs and after pleading guilty, the court decided to fine Tenenbaum $22,500 per song - a considerable amount more than it would have cost him to buy them off iTunes.

Is it a fair punishment? Joel (who won't have to pay for the more-or-less 800 songs he admits downloading between 1999 and 2007) doesn't think so and has launched an appeal at his website Joel Fights Back, where you'll also find also a lot more info on the case and how this type of litigation works in the US.

What are your thoughts on the sharing of music files? If you were a music producer, would you share your music for free?