Imagine that you are sitting in a very uncomfortable hardwood chair, parked behind the defendants’ bench in a courtroom facing a minimum fine of $750 per song. That is just the minimum it actually depends on the whether the act is deemed civil or criminal, but all in all you could be facing the maximum fine of $150,000 per song and five years in jail. This being said paying one dollar per song on a legal site doesn't sound that expensive anymore, especially for your parent, who if you’re under eighteen, will have to fork over the fine. All of this coming from songs you downloaded for that presentation or picture slide show that may have been for your family, but instead of the joy this project could bring, there is that chance that you could be the one that gets caught and wind up in the court room.
On another level of this spectrum it could be movies that you downloaded illegally to watch at home that you thought was harmless, however, if convicted, they face three years in prison and a fine of at least $250,000.