Bullshit. The majority of independent research suggests pirates buy a hell of a lot as well. Sadly people seem more inclined to believe research paid for by the MPAA and RIAA that says otherwise (despite the massive conflict of interest).
By that logic, it's OK for someone to steal something because they buy lots of other things as well.
Tell you what. You go try that in Tesco later and see where it gets you!
I feel a lot better knowing that I didn't get a penny from the hundreds of thousands of illegal downloads of my last book because that money is still going back into the industry. Phew.I feel much better now!
I'm surprised any intelligent person can spew this sort of thing...