You're an incredibly dense individual. And your last bit at the end is incorrect - it is technically illegal to own or use pirated materials.
Anyways, let me ask you a question. Let's keep using the book example here for a moment. Since legalities aren't important to you, ignore the legality of these situations:
Situation A) Let's say your friend owns a book and he gives it to you when he's finished. You now have access to the book for free. Your friend didn't create any new copies of the book, he gave you his copy. End result: Two people experience the story for the price of one admission.
Situation B) This time, he makes a copy of the book. He gives you the copy when he is done with it, and he stores the original copy on a shelf. It will never be redistributed or sold; it will simply sit on his shelf, and let's assume that he will most likely will never read it again. End result: Two people experience the story for the price of one admission.
Now keep in mind I said ignore the legal aspects of this situation. Consider earlier that you said this about software piracy: "As a rule, I don't pirate. First because I find it wrong, fuck legality, it's just plain wrong.."
Now consider these examples in the context of a video game. Your friend has a video game, and gives you his copy when he's done. Or, your friend makes a copy of his game, and gives you the copy. Either way, the publisher gets paid once, and two people play the game.
How is this any different from the book example? Keep in mind that we're ignoring legalities here based on your own statement, which I will quote again: "...fuck legality, it's just plain wrong.."
So, giving away a writer's story for free is not wrong, but playing a game for free, is? Edit: Even if you sell it instead of giving it away, it's the same as giving it away for free in the publishers eyes since they don't see a dime of the resale. Morally speaking, you're probably on more solid ground if you give it away rather than selling someone's work.
Simply put, if one produces a copy of media, it gives them the option to continue to enjoy the media.
If they remove the copy from their possession, so too do they remove the option to continue to enjoy it.
If they produce a million copies to distribute willy nilly, they're not only keeping the option to continue enjoying it themselves, but giving the option to enjoy it freely to practically everyone.
That is the essence of piracy.
Using your twisted logic:
Every time you buy a used car, you're stealing that car, because the manufacturer didn't see a dime of money from the 2nd person to own that car.
Thrift stores need to just be shut down and everyone who shops at them arrested.
Libraries and video stores need to be tried for theft and copyright violations.
Stop and THINK about the implications of your "used market is stealing" comments.
If you want to pirate shit, GO RIGHT AHEAD. If you want to use the twisted logic that "Well, pirating it is no different from buying it second hand", then go right ahead.
And also, yes, I know that owning/using pirated materials is illegal, but it's one that's not worth the courts time to try and enforce. The large-scale redistribution is where it's worth their time and effort to try and fight it.
Like I said, 20 years ago.. piracy existed still, people would pass around copies of music and movies, people would copy movies from the rental place, record music off the radio, etc. it was just as illegal then as it is now.. but back then, in order to redistribute on a scale that actually made a blip on the radar of the companies you had to have a large scale operation going.
In this day and age though, every 'seeder' on a Torent sight has a large enough scale distribution to be a blip.