You are just like so many others who gloss over the issue! When you loan or give your mother a good book to read, it is no longer in your possession. When you download a copy of a movie or music, you are cheating, nay stealing, from the copyright holder who was only paid for the original that hundreds or thousands are now using!
You know there is a lot more piracy going around in the physical world than in the digital world. When you go to an old book store and purchase a used book or an album neither the author, or the publisher receives a percentage of the sales. When you go to an auto show with thousands of used auto parts, engines, tools etc, etc, the only one making a profit is the seller not the original manufacturer. When you go to an antique store everything is secondhand, from clothes to furniture, nick-nacks, jewelry. The worst is guns at a Gun Show. Bartering for goods or services has been around longer than dirt. A judge in Spain said that the movie companies cannot make claims of lost profits for products no one would buy in the first place. (Think of the worst movie you ever saw, and why did you waste money on that.) Which of you has never bought anything used or secondhand. If you did, then you just broke copyright laws as the MPAA would have them written. Maybe it is you who makes a convenient choice to buy something secondhand when it suits your needs.
Yes there are a lot more important issues to get under control. Maybe you should get the U.S to stop this:
Just 24 hours ago Australia was abuzz with the news that U.S.-based Voltage Pictures will now be allowed to launch a so-called ‘speculative invoicing’ scheme Down Under. The company will obtain the names of people behind ISP accounts linked to the unlawful sharing of their works online and pursue them for cash settlements. It’s a business model with a grubby reputation, one that mainstream rightsholders have largely steered away from in recent years. Instead, the world’s largest entertainment companies are focusing their efforts on schemes designed to educate citizens, those in Australia included, in the hope that they will voluntarily change their online media consumption habits.
Also a judge recently ruled that it was legal to make copies of your personal property(movies, CD's) under fair rights law. The problem is you can't make a copy without breaking the DRM LAWS. Human trafficking should definitely be a much higher priority.