Those of you who download content the copyright holders don't want you
to do not care about freedom and you are acting against your own
Copyright means the owner of a work can choose under what conditions
copies are made. Just as with any creative work you make, copyright
owners can choose when and if they allow copies, what price, and who
to - eg you can decide your work can only be copied by bacon eaters
for 3 cents. This is a fundamental and important freedom. Just because
HBO does not want to sell you a copy of Game of Thrones at a price and
conveniece that suits you does not mean you can trample over their
freedoms to make those decisions.
And when you do go ahead and download anyway, you are hurting your own
interests. This is because you do not pick an alternative such as
reading a book, watching something else, or joining a juggling group.
It is very likely that those alternatives are not as good as what you
wanted. But go and do them anway. They will improve and the original
copyright owner not meeting your needs will learn their lesson. To
understand the mechanism how this works, read the book "The
Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton Christensen. The alternatives always
start out crappier than what they replace, but they then more rapidly
adjust to meet the consumer's needs. Another example is how anybody
pirating Windows is not hurting Microsft, but rather hurting the
alternatives and how they adjust to that person's needs.
So seriously, do complain to let the companies know that their
businesses do not meet your needs, but do not take away their freedoms
by downloading, and do patronise the alternatives so they more rapidly
meet your needs.
One thing you should concern yourself with is government enforced
monopolies. This is when by law and with the backing of the state
alternatives cannot be provided. This happens when towns sign 10 year
franchise agreements with a cable company preventing any competition.
It happens when patents are granted on things that do not deserve 20
years of suppressing alternatives because they are't actually
innovations made public 20 years earlier than otherwise would have
happened. And it happens when companies pay congress to enact laws
suppressing competition in other ways. Behind all these is your vote.