This isn't about profit. I come from another former USSR republic. where no one would buy software for $50 or music for $20, considering a software engineer would be lucky to receive $500 a month. Most of pirated software that you buy there, is downloaded off the net and burnt onto CD's, by people/small companies that have high-bandwidth connections and CD burners (the old-style telephone network can't accomodate for DSL, in some places a telephone line would be shared by 2 appartements with two different families, this is from a real case of people I know, by the ay) and sold in legitimiate electronics stores.
Sometimes they may contain up to 20 software titltes, and often times they may simply be shareware versions available from official websites. Yeah, there's people who import those cds into the United States, but this is a very small number, considering only a lucky few can make into the US. Tape's are also greatly common place, as a substitute to music CD's, and quite a lot of people have vinyl decks, huge collections of vinyl, and still buy vinyl.
In other words, there's no significant money to be gained in _THOSE_ countries by cutting down on privacy, in fact it's probably going to cause a loss, since less people will be exposed to American/Multi-national software. In my opinion it's a matter of muscle flexing.
man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.