We all have indulged in piracy of some kind or the other at some point in our lives. And to tell that we haven’t is to make a fool of ourselves.
A nice piece of read regarding this is at http://www.abc.net.au, where the author questions the direction copyright has traversed since inception.
Nowadays, copyright barely resembles what it was originally designed for i.e. to protect both parties: inventors and content creators on the one side and the public on the other. Corporate America and government compliance have written out public interests in many instances.
One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn’t want to conform to the harsh new rules being set.
The article can be read here