Jespah posted on this thread and he didn't say much. I did a little reading on the origins of pirating intellectual property, it first began at the time of the printing press... As soon as their was mass produced intellectual property to pirate, it had begun and through the centuries it continued.
What you don't seem to understand is that modern day piracy, the majority of it is done through simple file sharing which is not for a profit. My entire stance is that if there is no concrete theft, if there is no profit that the pirate is attempting to exploit, than there is no crime. Any real artist would appreciate this fact and understand the simple premise that it costs money or effort to get an audience for any product they create. The larger their audience the larger their market for creating a profit from their work. Any wise honest would appreciate that their work is being viewed whether or not those views are paid or not.
Financially profiting off of someone else's work is another matter entirely and I don't condone it, even if that is indirect profit through the management of a website with advertisements (such is the state of things in spite of and because of the laws against file sharing).
Piracy has been used in regards to file-sharing by the thieves who have long profited off of the work of artists and many respectable individuals have been convinced that their art form, their individual acclaim, and their gross profits are being negated by piracy. File sharing hasn't only reduced the sales of individual artists, it has increased the amount of music that consumers have access to which in turn has reduced the desire to purchase a dated form of media. The success of entities such as I-tunes demonstrates that this change in access is preferred and not deleterious. They give the consumer the ability to support an artist with the same amount of ease as it takes to pirate their music.
It's a shame that so many like yourself want to keep the world of file sharing and 'legitimate' file selling in two corners of the internet. Let me tell you though that you are losing and this fairy tale is becoming true.