I understand all of that, hence why I do not pirate, so I am pretty sure my head is not lodged in my ass, nor has it ever been there, concerning this debate at least, I think you should read my post more clearly.
I didn't ask you if it was right or wrong, I was asking how it is the same as stealing when someone isn't physically removing the item from someone else and that someone else isn't incurring overhead losses for the goods.
I understand that if someone chooses to get it for free, rather than paying for it, that isn't necessarily right.
I was curious though, If someone pirates something, but they wouldn't pay for it even if that meant they couldn't use the item, does that make it wrong in any way? Either way nobody is getting money, but at least in this scenario someone's work is being appreciated and someone is gaining enjoyment, if anything the content creator is benefiting because it's free word-of-mouth advertisement which is one of the most effective forms of advertisement in many instances. Text colour added to distinguish between quotes more easily.
Figure of speak- it means come to your senses.
Even though you define piracy as stealing or not, you are still taking something away from somebody even though it's not physically. The movie is the directors product that he created, and you are supposed to pay to watch it, this is how the director earns money. This works the same way as the supermarket, they earn money because you buy something, if everyone stole things they wouldn't be able to have the supermarket anymore. When you download a movie, you take something that you SHOULD have been paying for, wether it is a COPY or not.
If you designed a website, and someone took your design, wouldn't you say they stole your design?
But wether it is defined as stealing or not- it is still illegal on the same level as driving too fast, punching someone, raping someone or drunk driving.