But Techdirt loves to call out the use of the words "steal" and "theft". Why? Because those words are loaded with negative connotations and are seen as biasing the argument.
I'm not sure the problem is the negative connotations associated with those words. The objection everyone has is that both "steal" and "theft" are completely, blatantly, unquestionably incorrect descriptions of what happens when media is pirated.
It's as good as me using a bunch of science to clone someone and then be accused of murdering the original. How does that logical leap occur?
Theft is a crime, no doubt. It also has a definition that makes it possible for people to be prosecuted for it. Copying is not theft. The two just aren't related.