The problem is you're trying to compare actions, that can and may kill a person, group or group of people. And may, with due cause cause actual loss of physical property and inflict bodily or grievous harm on various parties. With something that may, may not, or even have a positive monetary impact for a company. In many places underage drinking isn't a crime, neither is speeding. They're both considered offences, and non-criminal. Meaning that at worst, you pay a fine and go on your way. Though piracy is considered criminal.
The laws do not reflect the acts, or actions, or even intent. Nor do they weigh the loss, benifits, gains, or anything else. At the end of the day, piracy isn't theft, nothing is stolen. The original is still there. The value hasn't increased, or decreased. Anymore than what it was being sold for before. The intrinsic value for which it was being sold for hasn't changed. The only difference is, there's a copy which wasn't paid for. And depending on where you are in the world. You 'buy' that copy, you don't license it. And that in itself is another whole bowl of wax.
"For every human problem,
there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."