incrediBILL - 4:14 pm on Feb 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
No one apart from a few people with money at stake think that copyright infringement is theft.
Infringement is just a nice word used in polite society so that the morally bankrupt people that infringe upon (steal) the work of others don't feel like the lowlife common criminal scumbags they really are.
Every webmaster that gets scraped thinks it's theft, millions of them, not just a few. Let's try a simple test, what's your URL? I'll clone it, outrank you in the SE, and take away your income. Yup, that's some infringement. When you're homeless and can't feed the kids I doubt you'ld say "Sorry children, daddy was infringed upon".
A little bit different than pirating an eBook which is still for sale while also being given away free, but it'll drive the point home.