The two things that matter to me as a media consumer are content quality and availability. Price is very rarely a consideration when I make my buying decisions - there’s a threshold of quality for my dollar, but if it meets that, I don’t care if it’s $2 or $20.
From the perspective of Old media companies, piracy is about the money. “They’re stealing from us.”
From the perspective of a media consumer, piracy is about availability. “I can watch the movie I want to watch, when I want to watch it.”
Old media is going to keep squashing piracy, and you know what’s going to happen? People are going to follow the availability. Low-budget entertainment that’s widely available is going to take off, and the movie studios are going to be left tilting at windmills.