Hehe, some reading material for ya:
With iTunes I don't feel guilty when I download music -- Apple and the record labels handle the screw job for me.
More and more I'm thinking of just getting my music from Rapidshare or Megaupload and sending the price of a new CD directly to the band.
(Waitaminnit... I think that qualifies as a Damn Good Idea©, too bad I didn't think of it first )
I feel the same way about DVDs. I have quite a few (non-pirated) DVDs that I can't play because of protection schemes on them that are simply broken (e.g. Macrovision) or region codes that prevent me from playing them. It's a very broken system.
When you buy pirated DVDs, they simply work. Sure, every now and then you'll get one that's broken, or you'll get the wrong movie entirely, but you still end up ahead because non-pirated DVDs are still broken more often than pirated ones. (Region codes make them 100% broken.)
Another thing is that in some places, the only ones available are pirated ones.
I'm particularly bitter about it because on every single system
where I want to play my Star Wars DVDs, they're always broken (that just happens to be the set that I go to play first all the time and hence, the one that really sets me off). I'm just sick of spending money and getting screwed like that. Regularly.
The entire ability to "switch region codes" on DVD players in your computer is just a farce. If you have DVDs from more than 1 region, the how the heck is it a solution? Once you've changed it 5x, the DVD drive is trash.