Theft is theft, as long as we live under the rule of law.
If you decide that Madonna has enough money, and want to institute a law that says that the government can decide who has enough money and redistribute the rest of their money accordingly, then you are getting into a political discussion about liberalism and wealth distribution. Regardless, as the laws stand now it's simply illegal to steal copyrighted material.
Molona: I hear these rationalizations all the time, but almost always when it comes to digital media that are 'easy' to steal. But, if your logic is sound then we should also be able to apply it to non-digital, tangible assets.
For example, if you are my neighbor and you are hungry and I have plenty of money, then you should be able to just take some food from me, without permission or even asking.
If I have 2 cars and your only car is broken but you need to take your kid to school, then you have the right to enter my garage and simply take my car and use it.
If I invent a cure for cancer and save the world, and make 10 million dollars doing it, you can decide that I 'have enough ' money and can distribute that money as you like or simply not pay for your cancer treatment.
Also, you used the tired old rationale that sometimes you have no choice but to steal software or music. Like in your example about the software wasn't available so you were 'forced to download an illegal copy till I waited for the legal to come.'. Were you really forced? Are you comparing yourself to a starving person who steals bread to feed their baby? Oh please
And your comment about overpricing also doesn't really make sense. If something that wasn't so easy to steal, like a fancy BMW cost $300,000 would you feel it was overpriced? Would you decide that you are morally correct in simply just taking it?
I find that when something is just so easy to steal like music, movies, anything that can go around torrent, then suddenly everyone brings all of these convoluted rationalizations so that they dont' feel like they are 'stealing'.
But, when it's something that's harder to steal or more plainly wrong, then suddenly they are moral again. If I am incredibly rich, will you steal my wallet? I have much more money!
If you lost your car at a parking lot, will you steal mine cause you 'are forced to'?