Jesus, I'm gonna regret this in the morning... but I think AZAI's got more on his side than anyone's giving him credit for.
1.) It's plainly illegal. There's no getting around that fact, and I'm someone who's fileshared for my (un)fair share of CDs. There's no way that anyone can reasonably justify using filesharing to circumvent the legal marketplace. Rationalize? Yes, but that's not the same thing.
This is true. There's no possible way that I could dispute the fact that filesharing is illegal. However, so is speeding and partaking in the occasional marijuana, and I can't see anyone here taking great pains to tear someone a new asshole for those offenses. And please don't tell me that those aren't in the same boat -- disregard any personal connection to the results of the crime (that'll be in the next point) -- as far as the legal system is concerned, the severity of the crime and the ability to quash it are pretty much even across the board for those three.
2.) MoC -- even more than slightly older companies like Criterion, BFI, and other indie labels -- probably operates on a razor-thin budget. I wouldn't expect Nick to react any other way than he did. We're talking about his livelihood here, not just his passion.
Nick, that all being said, please understand that I am entirely empathetic to your plea. That is the one part of AZAI's argument that I completely disagree with. I do believe there is positive potential to be found in filesharing in the future, but at the current point in time, your reaction to these sites is entirely reasonable and expected. Had I been using these torrents and come on the forum to find your response, I would have gladly stopped.
But you found some iffy ground on trying to get us to help do your dirty work. I'll admit, my first reaction to your post was "Damn, I wish I lived in Sweden so I could try and get in on that sweet MoC bribe action." Then I realized what exactly that would entail. And as an underground artist (not that I'm equating what these sites are doing with artistry, because I absolutely am not), particularly an underground artist who has some deep-seated issues with certain creative barriers created by the cult of the copywritten, I tend at times to put myself in situations where I would essentially be on the same side as these torrents. And the thought of people turning my name over for payment sickens me way deep down in that fucked up sense of morals I keep hidden away. Of course, it is a somewhat different story if there's an artistic purpose involved, but try telling that to Dramatists or Samuel French or, on a less corporate level, the Samuel Beckett estate. They certainly wouldn't go for it, and they are, in essence, you in this situation, Nick.
And what's all this bandying about of the dreaded 'r' word? Are we going to stick to legal rights or personal rights, because I know I sure as hell don't consider what the U.S. government tells me is and is not my right the end-all on the subject. I can honestly say that I have never contributed to the filesharing of an MoC disc. Can I honestly say that it's entirely out of the question that I would have? No, I can and will not. I hope you don't hold that against me personally Nick, because, like AZAI, I'm not in it to get away with things or to rip off 'the man'. There's a level of financial feasibility that I can't ignore, and "renting" a film via fileshare is a seemingly victimless (I said seemingly!) way do to that. This one's got a face now, and out of respect for you and your request (but certainly not any sense of legality or 'rights'), you have my word that MoC filesharing will not cross this mind.
But there is room for reasonable discussion here (perhaps not from Nick, and understandably so), and it's disheartening how quickly it's being shot down.
EDIT: I wanted to also second davebert's response -- didn't have a chance to see it before mine went up, but it deserves a 'here, here'.