Very good points and well written. I'll add to it for the subject of security.
Software Piracy definitely affects security. Most people would laugh if you asked them to run a
Personally I think Pirating is old school and lazy. If a person would take the time and download Ubuntu linux live CD or Ubuntu Studio, they would get an entire operating system loaded with everything from office software to digital image editing, 3D design, 2D painting, audio and video editing, DVD burning, network management, etc. It even comes with it's own searchable database of other free software. That's where the lazy comment comes in. A person might actually have to learn something new.
If all you can think is "ya but" when people talk about linux, consider Open Office, Paint.net, Aviary.com, Google docs.. On and on. There is so much out there, there really is no reason not to at least try some of it. Who knows, you might even find something that suits your way of thinking better than the commercial product you were trying to pirate.