BS argument. Both manufacturer/IP creator and retailer suffer great financial losses whether physical goods are stolen or IP goods are pirated... it's virtually the same thing.
Do you have any idea what TFA is actually about? The "manufacturers/IP creators" are the scientists and they don't see a single penny from people buying their papers. So, people copying them and distrbuting them causes them no loss at all, not "great financial loss" as you so incorrectly claim. Not only that, the currency of science is citations. More people reading the paper is more citations. Free distribution benefits the scientists greatly. That's why I put all my papers up on my website, completely for free.
So, no, piracy and theft are not virtually the same thing given that they're completely different. Someone pirating a paper of mine is at worst doing me no harm and at best will cite me. Or they might actually use the things I invented in which case the whole point of publicly funding science is working correctly.
So it is your equating of piracy and theft which is a BS argument.