The RIAA consumer suits were/are badly handled.
If RIAA had focused its resources on more palpable targets (as with its most successful and least objectionable pursuits), then the record industry would not have the issues it now faces.
People are happy to pay for records and CDs and downloads. RIAA companies could use their marketing departments to make this happen.
The RIAA sue-12-year-old approach is objectionable less because it is a travesty of copyright law than because it is a travesty of
a business model.