... hacking it is a form of piracy...
No, it's not.
Hack the Planet.
I'll give you another example... Your kick ass computer could run ANY software around, are you gonna start bitching that not having Maya or Nuke for free is crippling your hardware and that it gives you the right to resort to piracy instead of paying for the $10k they cost?
Your examples don't really impress me as much as maybe you were hoping. One, I'm a licensed Houdini user and one of their, or used to be, top users worldwide, so I've never cared much what Maya ran on or how much it cost. Too limited. Two, I was one of the first Nuke users on the planet, version one, when it existed as a command-line only program in 1993 and nobody outside 300 Rose Ave. could run it on anything but overpriced IRIX boxes.
I know full well what R+D and product development costs. I'm also smart enough to recognize double-dipping. It's their prerogative to do as they please and it's the consumer's prerogative to beware, be educated and more clever than they're being assumed to be.