It would seem, based on their actions, that the RIAA isn’t really interested in protecting the copyrights, but more in generating revenue. Therefore, if I were the judge, I would rule that the RIAA had acted in bad faith and they must therefore in the future show that a suspected copyright infringement had caused loss, infringement wihtout loss would no longer warrant a civil remedy, and any awards would be limited to actual losses.
If you are serious about protecting a copyright, so be it, protect it. But to play these games shows that they only really care about adding money to the coffers and don’t want to take a chance on losing a ruling in court, which makes me wonder how strong their cases are. Maybe they are worried they’ll get a jury trial one day and the jury will say “You want thousands of dollars for some songs this person downloaded that they could easily have recorded for free off the radio? That’s ludicrous, go pound sand!” And then they wouldn’t be able to brow beat others into big cash settlements. Weenies.