Talking to iandh about piracy is like trying to explain to Hillary Clinton that universal healthcare doesn't work. No matter how much you explain the facts, they still won't get it.
Not to mention which... I don't really care whether piracy hurts the bottom line.
The bottom line is all that matters to game developers. They're in the business to make money, and I as a consumer am looking for the best investment for my money. I got a free copy of Forged Alliance, and decided to buy it because I like it so much. All my friends have it. All the functionality I needed was in the pirated version. I bought it. For MY use, it exposed me to a game that I was willing to support.
Sins of a Solar Empire, on the other hand... I tried it, didn't like it. If I had bought that game, I would have returned it, only to be ripped by Gamestop by getting 50% back on "store credit". You don't like the comparison, but it truly is a "full demo".
Piracy in the way that it is used in the full spectrum can be harmful to developers. Far too many people take advantage and never support the developers that they otherwise would and could, had they not been able to get it free. Hacker groups like Razor 1911 advocate buying games if you like them, to "support the developers that make the games!". We aren't monsters.
Feel morally superior and ignore the business aspect of the PC business, if you want. I will continue to look at it from both ethical and economical standpoints, and listen to opposing arguments when they do not attack me and try to use insults and not-so-subtle shots at my character.