It seems a lot of people have a rather romantic impression about that criminal. A lot of people find it convenient to have an excuse for their own behaviour, like paying money for receiving pirate copies, to silence their conscience. Kim Schmitz made hundreds of millions from these people and I'm not surprised that he finds support among those who benefit from it as well.

Questioning the applicability of copyrights on modern media is one thing (and I agree to that), but making hundreds of millions in that manner is is another.