It's important to note that one of the RIAA's functions is to take the heat off its member-companies, and here's an example where it works in spades. The RIAA isn't the worst company in the world: Sony-BMG, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music are the worst companies in the world. Focusing on the RIAA lets those firms -- who fund and direct the RIAA's efforts -- off the hook.
Link, Wikipedia list of RIAA member labels
Update: Consumerist's Meghann Marco sez, "We thought you might be interested in our follow-up post, Faces of the RIAA. We felt the same way about RIAA winning the contest, so we tried to put a face on each of the major members. Why should Steve Jobs get all the press?"