Pretty much everyone pirates in some way, watching movies uploaded to YouTube, downloading roms for old games, scanlations of manga, downloading entire games. Everyone knows its a crime, but people of all communities have their bunch who try to justify it in some way. Many of these people have double standards too.
A major one in gaming is the piracy of indie games. While I don’t care if someone pirates a game by EA, Sony, or some other multi-million dollar company, my opinion changes completely if someone pirates an indie game, which I liken to knocking over a kid’s lemonade stand. The piracy issue of indie games is especially a problem in Japan, as such games have a very limited run, sometimes only at a single convention, but you get people who think that it’s “okay” to pirate doujin games as they are called in Japan for some bizarre reason.
A citable example of a double standard, a site dedicated to discussion of Doujin games has zero problem having a stickied thread with dozens of direct-download independantly-made games, sometimes on the same day or the day after they’re released, has rules against commercial titles and other material, which in the words of the site administrator “is to prevent potential issues the site could encounter legally as well as to keep our members out of trouble”. Nevermind that piracy is illegal in most first-world countries and carries very hefty penalties.
Even though these games will likely never see western shores due to content, copyright issues (many doujin games are based on pre-existing IPs, such as Battle Moon Wars being based on Type-Moon, and the Touhou fangames based on the series created by ZUN), or the developers simply not caring, it hardly justifies pirating the content. A similar thought process is held by those who scan and translate entire volumes of manga or subtitle entire series’ or movies from Japan.
On other forums, if you mention pirating Assassin’s Creed, nobody will lift an eyebrow. Pirate Terraria, Minecraft, or any other indie game? The entire forumbase will turn it into a one-sided flamewar while dispatching regular lynch mobs to your house. At the same time these same sites give kudos to The Pirate Bay for circumventing a recent anti-piracy measure by Belgium or showing great support when they are pulled into courts.
In the end, people who pirate are stealing, but there are many reasons people do pirate and try to justify. Censorship of content in their country, excessive DRM, one region getting better features and editions than their own, region locking, or the game getting a deliberately limited run are all reasons that I’ve heard. The worst part is, games honestly aren’t that expensive for the number of hours you can get out of some of them. I still play games I bought ten years ago. DRM seems to be a rather big reason for people to pirate when it causes them problems, but when that happens, I can’t really blame them.