The RIAA's file-sharing legal campaign is beginning to cost it more than just PR points. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the association to pay the legal fees of one such target, Deborah Foster, to the tune of just less than $70,000, following the dismissal of the case against her last July.

Opponents of the RIAA campaign -- such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union and Public Citizen, among many others -- hope that awarding attorney's fees to cleared defendants will convince the RIAA to think twice about filing additional suits.

That seems unlikely, however, as this is believed to be the only time a court has awarded attorney's fees to an RIAA lawsuit defendant.