Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that the RIAA is giving up its attempt to stop music piracy by suing individuals. It was just a matter of time with the public-relations disaster the strategy had created. The suit against a dead person and the suit against a woman who didn’t even have a computer were particularly bad missteps.

Referring to Mitch Bainwol, RIAA chairman, the article says

Litigation, he said, was successful in raising the public’s awareness that file-sharing is illegal

Yea, just like people would be made aware of firearm safety if someone started randomly shooting people in public. Surely the means should be factored in to a comment like this.

They screwed up. They continued to follow a self-destructive course of action for years simply because they didn’t want to admit they’d screwed up.