Hey, I haven't taken those courses.
I just see that having a technical background can benefit the court in general when arguing how certain technologies work and when using them is a breach of copyright. Do I have sympathy for the pirates? Well, I honestly don't think it's reasonable to impose a judgement on somebody equivalent to their entire potential life earnings. Were they in the wrong? Yes-
So, it's a pretty complicated issue generally.
Spot on, internet piracy is wrong and is only a notch below actual thievery (because actual thievery involves actually removing an object, not merely duplicating it). However, it's even more unjust, and criminal in my opinion, to deprive said individuals of potentially their entire life simply because their actions deprived a non-living entity from some extra dividends.