Well, piracy it’s still illegal, if you ask most of the people.
Recently, a women aged 42 was apprehended for uploading on a FS [file-sharing] network episodes from Mitsudomoe and other titles.
Piracy is considered to be a crime by law and it reduces the value of the released products. Japanese authorities are not friendly when it comes to talk about violating public interest and copyright.
I’m sure that even if they say that the users of that FS system can hide their info, the police can easily hack, decrypt infos and track down users – just like this case. She will be punished accordingly, only because she was not aware of what she was doing.
They say that you cannot live from making anime [artists are very poor-paid] and if nobody buys the product, companies start to fall apart. This year a lot of companies broke-down or fusioned with others just to remain on track.
I know money is an issue here, but if you can, just buy the DVDs. It feels great to have the originals.