Wow! Crazy discussion. Let me jump in with my view.
1. Theft is theft regardless of your personal views regarding any individual instance. Can it be forgiven or overlooked? Sure, context matters in these situations. But let us not kid ourselves, theft is a serious offense and is treated as such in virtually every country. It is just that intellectual property is not treated the same as tangible property. And foreign intellectual property not respected much at all.
2. And for “Mister Buy Cheap on Ebay”, a significant amount of the products you can buy for cheap that are new and still in shrink wrap on ebay are stolen property. It just happened to be stolen from warehouses and truck trailers by organized criminals. That sort of theft is epidemic and ebay and craigslist provide a ready market for these thieves.