Bottom line is you got the analogy wrong. They aren't virtual thieves. They're virtual terrorists.
That being said, I have no problem with personal piracy. I don't justify it, I don't say that it's a victimless crime, I don't make roundabout logic that say the 'victims' are actually getting a backhanded profit. I just don't care about the victims.
Why should I, Joe Blog, computer repair shop 40 thousand dollar a year worker, care about the woes and tribulations about a person who makes millions of a year? Am I really going to cry a river when their 15 million annual income drops to 13 million? Do I care if I pirate an enormously successful game? "But what about the crushingly hard worked game developers who toil under their publisher's whips?" Why should I care? They can be lucky to get a 5 grand bonus on a successful game, maybe a millionth of the profit will ever touch their carpel-tunneled claws. Their problem is they need a union.
There is really only one thing that I detest and that is when money is torn out of the indie and independent artists. I spent 89 dollars on the humble indie bundle (which, by the way, is the average retail price of australian games for no arbitrary reason given the dollar parity). I pay to go see the new bands show up at the local pub. I loved seeing Jonathan Coulton live during my visit to the US. If you want to make an impact with piracy, don't throw a fit because the government is in the Mafiaa's pocket, do what you can to avoid them and then support the people who really deserve it.
Even if you already bought the BetaMax, VHS, DVD, HDDVD, BluRay media before?
What about the Extended Edition, Director's Cut Edition, Deluxe Box Set, Limited Edition, Remastered Edition, and Walkie-Talkie Edition?
To the original poster: You live on planet earth. You therefore are liable to being sued by Microsoft.
I don't think you are considering it as a true Microsoft CEO. If we ever discover Martians, I'm sure Microsoft will find a way to sue them for their rich martian ambrosia.