TorrentFreak found a site today that is building a list of reasons why people pirate content. All the comments left on the site are user submitted, and some are quite fascinating. The site now has over 1700 responses.
If you start and stop on"all piracy is bad" then you really need to read this site. Id recommend that you start with the most popular, and work down. Some are quite clever; like this one:
because every time I buy a DVD, a warning message informs me that I could have the same DVD for free earlier, ad-free and without DRM.
And then there is this one:
Because I prefer to listen to lots of music but to go live, pout compensate artists and not the shareholders of the majors.
From the sarcastic:
I pirate because piracy is killing the artists. Good thing I do not like Justin Bieber!
to the humorous:
To verify that the taxes I pay are used efficiently by my government (yes Hadopi, of thee I speak, hurry up to nab me where I'll end up thinking that you is not capable of ...)
And then there's the practical:
Because FNAC (a french retailer) not sell Norwegian death metal.
Or the honest:
Because I am poor.
I've heard a variation of most of these reasons at least a few times already. Piracy is what people do, and here you can find out why.