While I may not agree with many things the OP said, I do remember hearing that authorities are willing to go as far as controlling DNSes in order to curb piracy. So I don't think I can agree with the owners' sentencing without judging based on the technical concepts of what TPB actually provides.
Suddenly I'm beginning to think that democracy was last millennium's fad.
The last thing I want is is a government taking control of a DNS in order to block me from accessing sites in countries opposing them. >.<
Well of course. It it much easier to control the content then punish the ones that abuse it. Better to stop it then fix it afterwards.
Other side of the coin:
Of course since the biggest software companies are from USA, and the USA government has a history of helping their companies all over the world though legal and not so legal means (for example, CIA involvement for a banana company in South America a few decades ago where they toppled a government, cannot remember which country it was exactly). All for the profit...
Until prices are set up to be applicable for local markets I see no problems in pirating software. I can afford to buy a 40$ game, but many from my country cannot (or cannot afford a powerful enough computer to play those games).
And to the person that said if we all pirated games none would make them, that is not true, there are many free games out there or games that you pay to get extra features (many competitive web games do this). For instance spent many hours playing D&D Online without paying a dime.
What would happen is a change in the business model. Probably more ingame commercials, or ways to demo games before buying them, and probably more quality games to get people to feel they need to reward developers for their effort.
I would never buy a CoD game as they are all crap (but have played all of them but would kill myself if I bought all of them for the little content they provide in SP; I am not interested in MP) but I did buy Witcher and will buy Witcher 2 to reward the developers for their dedications and effort. I also bought Elemental because they managed to persuade me that I need to reward their effort.