Many people in this thread seem to be completely missing the pragmatism at the center of the linked open letter. Discussions about whether piracy is "justified", whether various groups are too entitled, whether piracy is harmful, etc, are all academic. These discussions are ultimately a refusal to acknowledge reality, and instead just complain that the world isn't as some people think it should be. This accomplishes nothing.
The reality is that the balance of power has undergone a large shift from content producers to content consumers. When people want a piece of content these days they will be able to get it in the format they want. They will be able to get it when the want. They will be able to get it with a level of convenience they find reasonable. They will be able to get it at a price that they find reasonable. Pretty much every one of these things is a given. The only thing up in the air is whether the content producer gets paid as a result of the person acquiring the content under these conditions, and the answer to that question is largely dependent on how the content producer decides to try to profit off their content.
The reality is that people can get just about any content they want for free, whenever they want, in a fairly convenient manner. That so many people still pay for content is a testament to the fact that most people believe that content producers should receive some kind of compensation for their work, and that there's a desire to provide compensation in exchange for content that people find valuable. However, it should be noted that this desire is not without limits. Ask for too much compensation, introduce too much inconvenience or too many restrictions, and that desire quickly disappears in many people.
This is the reality that content producers need to recognize and deal with, and if they do recognize and adapt to it there's actually lots of money to be made. However, refusing to acknowledge and adapt to reality, and instead trying to roll back the clock to before the balance of power shifted from content producers to content consumers, is utterly unproductive, and in many cases counterproductive.
I have games in my cabinet here unopened, as I don't want their intrusive shit; I play cracked alternatives. I don't pay for inconvenience, and clowns requiring a client can be cracked, but honestly aren't worth the damned trouble.
All do as they like, but as long as you feed the beast, it will live.