If you could buy a current run digital movie for $5, or one that is still in the theaters for $10....if you could buy a new comic for $1.99 and back catalog for $.99....if these things were easy to move from your ipad to your windows computer to your google tv....piracy wouldn't disappear, but it would shrink in volume by a lot.
I think I’ve mentioned this here somewhere before, but Universal tried this with Tower Heist (that god awful Eddie Murphy vehicle). They were going to release it for streaming over the web, 3 weeks after the theatrical release, at a price of $59.99. The cinema chains collectively shit a brick even at that exorbitant price, and refused to show the movie. Universal scrapped the plan.
So even when part of the industry finally starts making moves in the right direction (even if the price point was laughable), there’s always another part waiting to spit their bottle out.
Going back to the original point, the UK Pirate Party is now hosting a Pirate Bay mirror, and has said they'll do the same for any other torrent sites blocked by the courts. They're doing this because, as a recognised British political party, it would require a change in the law to allow anyone to demand they take it down