It is not just a European or Asian thing. Years ago I knew a high priced Canadian university professor that pirated software. He got his students to crack it. His reason being he would buy it if it was more reasonably priced. Trouble is it is never cheap enough for some.
The sad thing is that good programs disappear because they don't earn enough money. This is especially true of good shareware. I wrote shareware many years ago and got asked for support by users but no money from them! I do remember getting $100.00 from a German software company. So the Europeans aren't all bad.