I am not a thief
I have a server at home with terabytes of movies, TV shows, music, you name it. I admit, I haven't paid for (yet) the episodes of [currently airing television shows] that I downloaded from the currently running season. The instant they hit the stores however, I will be purchasing them. I have every other piece of media on my server. Hell, some things I downloaded only because I owned the physical copy. (VHS, Cassette, CD, what-have-you.)
Make no mistake, I honestly believe that all people in the content creation chain deserve to be compensated for their efforts, and thus I pay for my content. Despite having a physical copy (or eventually obtaining one) of everything I have ever downloaded, I am still a considered copyright infringer, and would be labelled a “digital pirate” because of how I choose to consume the media THAT I OWN.
These [expletive deleted] would still send my [expletive deleted] to jail and fine me somewhere around seven orders of magnitude more than my net worth because of this. Not because I never paid for my media, but because I choose to consume this media on my [home server/laptops/PMP/phone/whatever] while only buying my copy of that content ONCE.
I AM NOT A THIEF, either thieving from the good guys or the bad guys. I am a COPYRIGHT INFRINGER, and only so because these cartel [expletive deleted] screwed you, me, virtually every society on earth, and generations of all of our descendants out of the culture that by any sane right belongs to us all.
By what morality can you possibly condone their requirement to pay for the same content over and over and over for every new medium, for every new device, and even for ever view or listen?
To hell with ‘em, and their “copyright infringers are thieves” propaganda. Vive la culture libre.