Additionally, if I think that *AA studies vastly overstate the effects of 'piracy' or that the awards given by some lawsuits are excessive and well beyond the damage done, it doesn't mean that I condone infringement.
I do... or rather, I don't recognize the concept of infringement. Copyright is *For Limited Times*, a balance between my interests and the interest of the creators. What we've got isn't balanced and isn't limited, and I haven't signed on to it. I could still be robbed or imprisoned if I'm caught violating it, but it doesn't merit the respect or deference a *law* does, merely the wary acknowledgement that a tool of your enemies can harm you.
If you don't like that, go come up with some real laws instead of jawing about "theft". I was guaranteed created works would enter the public domain -- what we have is theft from *me*.
(I suppose that in a country with sensible copyrights what this guy did was pretty douchey. But that isn't here.)