Originally Posted by ApK
If you're keeping track, I think you know what side of this issue I fall on, but I'll ask for the sake of discussion:
Would your opinion of the person be different if AFTER reading the pirated book, the person in question sent you a Paypal payment of price of the book, with a thank you note?
If that person was somehow capable of accessing a PayPal payment link, they'd also be able to access an actual pay site, including my own (which uses PayPal); so there's really no excuse for pirating the book and paying for it later... any more than there's an excuse for me stealing a donut from a baker, and coming back with a dollar for it the next day.
If you want it... pay for it first. It's really that simple.