Yes, our high seas are the depths of space, but the part you're overlooking is that lying to someone about paying them if they hit the makeover button in their inventory isn't quite the swashbuckling robbery on the high seas of lore.
It sort of fits like a motorcycle with training wheels fits the description of a car.
As for the other kind of piracy, I think there's several people distributing copies of planet stat calculators, so, yeah. Software piracy is alive and well in SWC. =p