Last week, the RIAA announced that they were taking a different route with college students who they accuse of downloading songs via P2P networks illegally. Instead of filing lawsuits and taking them to court right away, they were giving them a different option.  The RIAA set up a website where students could go to settle their case by paying a fine.

The one thing that was left out of that announcement was how much the fine would actually be. That question has been answered as 50 students from Ohio University are being told to pay $3,000 or else face a lawsuit.

So with that, are the students better of settling and forking out $3,000, or should they fight it in court?