That was a strangely coherent and well reasoned post. WHo are you, and what have you done with Pete?Exactly. The problem is not the people stealing stuff, it is the copyright laws that are creating a market for such things, but limiting access to content. Not to mention that copyright laws are different from country to country and like it or not, the Internet has no borders. Take This domain name has been seized by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations it helps to stream live sports across the net. The US siezed the domain and yet the service is situated in Spain where it is LEGAL. So what the US did was shut down a fully legal service.. or at least try, since the site can easily be accessed from alternative domains. But the point is, what is there to stop the US from seizing say AL Jazerra.net or the Russian communist party domian? Nothing at the moment, as long as a judge can be convinced in the US.. that is frankly intolerable to say the least. No single country should have such much power over the internet.
And if we look at the copyright laws themselves, they are so outdated because the content providers refuse to innovate and join the web revolution. They still define rights depending on the country and region, which leads to movies and tv shows and music being released at different times if at all across the world. Of course people will steal stuff if they can because the content providers limit their access to it legally. If there was a global "Hulu" or similar service where people could buy (at a reasonable price) to view or download the newest US tv shows after they have been seen in the US.. it would be HUGELY popular. But the only places they exist is in the US, and some what in the UK (highly limited).
On top of that the content providers actually contribute to the stealing ironically enough. Most new DVD movies are released in Russia weeks if not months before they are in the US and western Europe, which of course means they are all over the net. Even sometimes before the movies come in the bloody cinema (hello A-Team the movie).