If the War on Piracy continues--and I hesitate to even use the term, in case it gives anyone any ideas--it will have a lot of resemblance to the War on Drugs.
First, it is doomed to fail. So there's that. For some reason, humans often feel compelled to compel each other to do things or not to do things that are doomed to fail. It's a sign of our incomplete rationality, in my opinion.
There are some differences, however. First, drugs are bad, mmkay? I think it's fair to say that at least the goal of the War on Drugs is a good goal--get people not to take so much drugs. And so we endure the constant invasions of our civil rights at least for a goal that makes sense.
And indeed, like any law that makes it illegal to be "in possession" of something, somebody can plant pirated data on your computer just like drugs. It is another lever that can be used by corrupt officialdom to screw people over.
But what is the goal of the war on piracy? I mean seriously, hang on. Is it to get people to change their behavior and not pirate anything on the internet?
Try to imagine what that would be like. Everyone who enjoys pirating today just suddenly decides it's not worth and and stops doing it. What would that mean?
It would mean that we are a bunch of fucking pussies to let someone bully us around on the internet. I wouldn't even want to live in that world.