I've got a very similar outlook to GP, I don't pirate things. If I don't like the terms associated with the media I'm currently interested in, I find something else to be interested in/do. Here's why I act that way.
- I like having laws. They're my first line of personal defense. Laws are worthless unless people (like me) can follow them, even if they don't necessarily agree with them. There are exceptions to this of course, but wanting to watch some movie without paying for it isn't exactly a major injustice.
- I don't want to be sued, and generally do not want to engage in behavior that increases my odds of being sued.
- By consuming media, I'm accepting that as part of my culture, whether I paid for it or not. I refuse to let organizations who refuse to play nice into my culture.
I'll be damned if I'm missing out due to some greedy turds.
This seems to be the core of your argument. I've got some bad news for you... you're missing out. Everybody is.
Nobody gets to see all of the culture there is to see. Nobody hears all of the good music. Nobody plays all of the good games. Nobody reads all of the good books. Nobody sees all of the good plays. There's just too much of it. There's probably more culture local to you, than you could ever experience, and that culture isn't owned by some corporation. If you'd take the time to look at that culture instead of the stuff owned by the corporation, you'd probably like some of it even more than what the corporation is offering.
If the big corps really did have a monopoly on culture, and none of them played nice, I might consider piracy to be a somewhat reasonable form of protest.