RIAA is a bad egg. We all seriously need to line them all up and takes turns beating the hell out of them.
They care so much for money and power that they are willing to publicly pressure companies into violating consumer rights. The major stipulation of ISPs is that they protect our privacy. If the RIAA (and others) cannot protect their interestes without violating others, then they need to file bankruptcy and go home.
As an experienced surfer I can tell you what you need to do. Use an offshore proxy service and, if possible, always use encryption.
Proxies run all data through an anonymous channel, so no one on the other end can see who or where you are, effectively protecting your identity. If you use a FREE proxy, performance may suffer, so pay a small fee for a good one. Keep in mind that a proxy is a company that knows what you are doing. Find one you can trust to protect your interest. Overseas is best. Also, your ISP can still see what you transfer to your pc.
Encryption is a method of taking data you are about to download and scrambling it before it gets sent to you, and then once you receive it, it is de-crypted for your viewing. Your ISP CANNOT see what you are transferring when it is encrypted. So in practice, if you are downloading a song from a P2P, using a proxy protects you from the RIAA and encryption protects you from your ISP. So if the RIAA bribes or threatens an ISP to give up your information, they cant because they dont have record of any wrongdoing on your part.
If you are proxied, the RIAA wont be able to recognize you anyway. But your ISP will. Its your call whether or not to trust an ISP. I dont.
I know everyone likes the word FREE. But with all the "free" stuff being downloaded, its a small price for everyone to buy a proxy and use encryption whenever possible. This way, we all win, and the RIAA can go home crying until they die and leave us all alone.
Whats my beef with the RIAA?
They are a group of troublemakers that bully consumers and small businesses for profit. They are well known for cheating major music artists out of money. Many who made it big and became very famous didnt see a dime because of crooked contracts. The RIAA is a bad word.