With massive technological advances, it is safe to say that through growing ease of access we have all pirated copyright material such as music, TV shows, software or movies in one way or another. Whether we have downloaded it ourselves through direct download sites and peer to peer networks, or perhaps received a copy from a friend or even used some other elaborate method to avoid paying for it, the logic of pirating is simple: why pay so much more for something that is readily accessible at near free of charge price.
There is a certain irony in economics. We economists would like to call ourselves scientists, but unlike the other scientists who are able to indulge in debate amongst the learned few of their field, economists are burdened with the obligation to debate amongst society as a whole. Where society includes scientists and non-scientists, people who are as educated as you and those who are not, people who often feel the unpleasantness of being too full and those who equally often must feel the unpleasantness of being hungry (don’t forget everyone in between too!).