By now, you’ve probably figured out that I’m not a fan of the RIAA and their disturbing legal tactics. Rather than keep reminding everyone how bad they are and how detrimental they are to the music biz (which is why I really hate them), I’d also like to note two stories about working around them. First is this Reuters story about bands and music fans hooking up online, which ain’t necessarily something new now in this Net age but it’s worth repeating this story line if only to remind bands (and listeners) about the great opportunities out there on the web. The other story is the 2008 RPM Challenge which asks artists to write/record an album next month. As the article notes, this led hundreds of artists to post thousands of songs and granted that they’re all not gonna be masterpieces, it’s still heartening to see so many performers take up the DIY challenge.