Everything starts somewhere. The conditions by which freeloading and piracy were allowed to develop did not occur by accident. They were the unintended consequence of a short sighted law, drafted to help tech companies. Well, they helped alright. They helped those tech companies, and thousands of unscrupulous rats, rip off and stab in the back a million creative people who were perfectly content to mind their own business, rather than having their business mined out from under them.
And please, anyone who wants to write in with yet another comment about how I don’t understand technology … I understand technology fine. What I find really hard to understand is people who refuse to acknowledge the nature and quality of their actions.
It’s very simple. When you steal something from its creator, without permission or compensation, the medium is utterly irrelevant. Theft is theft, even when the message is in a digital medium.