The monetization of creativity has always been difficult; consumers often don’t understand the amount of time, research and skill it takes to make a creative work; because you didn’t pay for this article, I the writer.. Has died. Obviously this isn’t the case; from what I've found, journalists are usually paid by salary, regardless of how many people buy their article.
When we talk about pirating from companies; we have to realize the differences between huge corporations like Netflix, New york times, and nintendo when compared to from indie companies such as stealing from peoples patreon. Obviously the billion dollar corporation isn’t going to hurt when a few thousand people steal their continent because theres 5 times that amount already paying for the service. However when its someone who only makes 50 sales and 10 people steal? That's going to hurt!