The Last Hurrah of the Music Industry?

Andy Whitman on the recent RIAA lawsuit against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who was recently fined $1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs:

[A]s long as the RIAA is calling the shots, there will still be those proponents of the equivalent of hard-bound encyclopedias and 8-track tapes, ready to sue the shit out of any poor schlep who dares to push the magic button and listen to the pretty sounds.

I love music. And I love musicians. But I can’t help hoping that this is the last hurrah of a dying music industry. Some things deserve to die. The RIAA is one of them.