A lot of people nowadays have been involved with piracy to some degree - whether it's buying a pirate DVD at the market, or illegally downloading music.
I myself do not agree or advocate piracy, but I think there's a different side to the negative "stealing other peoples' work" kind of view to it.
Take for example a teenager or a student who has no job, no money. This person wants to get into graphic design so they go looking for a photo editting software, and they find the Adobe Photoshop is the best choice - until they see the price tag. There is no chance of that person buying the software anyway, so what is wrong with them illegally obtaining it for free? (I know there are free alternatives such as GIMP etc. but lets leave that option out for the sake of argument, as this situation could apply to different softwares without free alternatives.)
Then later in life, the person is grown up, and now has a job in graphic design and they think "hey I remember using Photoshop before, it was great, I think I'll buy that one". So now they actually purchase the software because they need it and they now have the means to do so. (any credible worker wouldn't use pirated software, and I personally would prefer to have the "official" fully functioning software if it was part of my job)
Something similar can be said for pirating music. Someone downloads (pirates) a new album of a band they heard, and they start to really like that band and then purchase a ticket to their next concert. I do believe if you support the artist you should pay for their work, but music is probably the most pirated thing on the internet.
I know I have kind of just given anecdotal examples rather than providing information, but I think it gets the point across.
I can see why piracy is so frowned upon, but for someone like me who doesn't have the money to pay for $3000 software, I don't see the problem with it.
TL;DR : Is piracy bad if you were never going to buy the thing in the first place?
What are your thoughts on piracy?
EDIT: this thread isn't an attempt to try and justify piracy, I realise it is wrong, but it does come with positive effects, even if they are only small ones.