"'stealing' to describe the act of online piracy not even literally but figuratively,"
you weren't using 'stealing' figuratively, though. you admit as much in the next paragraph:
"when I used the term 'stealing,' I was describing an actual crime, a crime that is casually referred to by people on both sides both sides of the argument, as 'piracy,' a term for a highly specialized form of stealing."
see, that's not figurative.
My intention was to point ouy that if I was wrong to use the term "stealing," then allen is equally if not more so wrong in using the term "rape."
I was pointing out allen described a perfectly legal action as "rape."
But I had "AT LEAST" been describing the ILLEGAL act of online piracy as "stealing."
Both terms are not accurate LEGALLY speaking, my point again was that I was AT LEAST using STEALING to describe a crime, so if I was wrong to do so, then allen is equally wrong if not more so.