It is even illegal and classed as piracy if you rip your CDs to your hard drive or if you use an Ipod with anythiing other than songs downloaded from pay sites. If you put your CDs on an Ipod then you are breaking piracy laws. Aslong as deformed laws such as this stand, and movie houses compnaies cripple the end user experience to circumvent piracy then I will always pirate. I mean if I buy a Sony certain Sony music CDs I can't rip them to MP3s and put them on my Ipod, great move now I have to pirate to get the product I want.
Also, rediculous pricing of games software (in Europe atleast) will always keep pirates going. Certain PSP games cost £40 ($73) at launch. Anyone who expects me to pay that for a half baked port for a game on a portable console is having a laugh, sorry I just won't pay it. If the games industry brought their products more into line with other leisure mediums (such as DVDs and books) that actually cost more to make than games then maybe a few pirates will disappear.
Piracy on PSP currently has a lot of advantages including double battery life, near zero load times and custom soundtracks. Whilst piracy can deliver a superior product I will always have the temptation to do so. Things like custom soundtracks tho, something that could be easily implemented into PSP games are missed out for unbeknown reasons. Why, should I have to pirate to have this feature, it makes no sense. Next generation discs will only play on TVs and monitors with copyright protection (HDCP), this is annoys me more than anything. People who have spent good money on TVs and monitors miss out on certain features so that pirates can be hampered. The rediculous truth however, is that by doing so, you are forcing people to pirate as this is the only way they can get what they payed for, a little ironic don't you think?