Others have already posted where to find e-books (pirated or otherwise)so I won't waste my time there.
Where the fuss over copy protection comes from is easey to answer. It comes from the same place it has in the music industry, (think Napster) and the same voices now expressing concern over video. The content creators are concerned that they are not going to be paid for all of the copies of their work.
This is most evident in on-line forums like The eBook Community mailing list. People in the industry are so paranoid of any percieved loss in revenue that they are willing to kill a market before it is truely born. You can even find quotes from publishers on that list who have said that they would not pay for any work that wasn't copy protected. In other words, they would willingly steal from someone in their own industry who did not use copy protection. It's really not all that suprising that the people who advocate copy protection are doing so because of their own nature.
What it all boils down to, is weather or not they believe that everyone is trying to cheat them. The end result: in trying to prevent a small portion of their market from pirating the work, they actually wind up encouraging piracy from the market segments that are willing to pay.
Buy a product that is inconvienient to use because of the copy protection, or grab a perfectly good, unprotected pirate copy for free?
Now this doesn't even address the issue of cost. I for one will not pay hard cover, dead tree prices for an eBook, yet that is exactly what some publishers are charging. The good news is that there are some publishers who understand the new medium and are willing to take a chance on it to grow their business like Baen Books. What's even more encouraging is that individual authors are starting to discover that they can sell directly to their audience and best of all, their eBooks never go out of print.