Generally, when I worry about illegally downloading music or movies, I'm not so concerned about the actual punishment so much as the idea of everyone learning what kind of shameful music I have on my computer. (That's why I paid for that Justin Bieber song.) Because no one's coming after you for pirating Fellini's 8 1/2; it's always going to be for something awful yet lucrative, like Transformers.
Unfortunately for Gilberto Sanchez, sometimes you really should worry about both. Sanchez pled guilty to illegally uploading a copy of laughably bad superhero movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine before the film's release, and if the shame of that wasn't bad enough, he was also just sentenced to a year in federal prison:
Sanchez was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court. The judge also imposed a year of supervised release and numerous computer restrictions…
Prosecutors said in court documents that the film proliferated like wildfire throughout the Internet, resulting in up to millions of infringements.
You probably don't need to worry about the government coming after you for illegally downloading some music now and then — it looks like Sanchez was working on a slightly more advanced level of internet piracy. But this is the sort of story that will at least make you pause before you start to BitTorrent that Beyonce album.