This is an argument i have heard a few times before and again recently i thought i would bring it up here to see what you guys think, especially since this site has a large furry fanbase in it and i know this is an issue within that community. I also apologize for the clunky title couldn't think of a good way to word it.
A personal experience I had was it was when was in reasonable contact with my local furry community ( im not one but was dating one) a person took art and used it as there fursona. They didn't claim the art as their own just used it as there fursona. When this was discovered he was reamed out for it there were some large heated discussions at the time and much anger directed at him mainly from a couple of the local artists. During the discussion as i knew some of the people involved i realised how hypocritical the stance some of the artists and other furs were taking was. I subsequently pointed out they all had pirated games and movies and anime or at some stage software etc etc. My observations were not received well at the time and apparently thats “different” but considering how many gaming companies struggle, small software companies and even anime and movie producers aren't always made of many many anime producers have gone bust in the last 10 years or so i fail to see how its different at all. Im not advocating to do it or not just trying to understand the illogical mind set some of these people have.
Also another example is the TCP debate and how many artists don't like you saving their work, but i see it as that the same level of hypocrisy and arguments apply to those as well.
Anyway what are your guys opinions on it? I personally don't see an issue ethically with it as long as monetary stuff doesn't come into it.
* disclaimer This isn't about being pro piracy or im not advocating on adisc it just discussing how it applies to this issue