Ever heard of a neighborhood housing covenant? You buy a house, but recognize that you can't paint it Day-Glo orange or park a car on your yard. Why? Because it does impact your neighbors, even if it is your yard.
"Changing bits" on some software you licensed the use of is not usually legal. I can't "change bits" of Linux and resell it as my own work, just as you can't change bits of Windows or iPhone OS or Wii firmware and use it against its licensing agreement.
As I said, to people who don't share the same financial interests, laws might not make any sense. If you're a vagrant, you might think the world is your toilet because you don't respect property.
If you are a freetard, you think the world's code is your playground because you don't respect intellectual property. No difference. It comes down to respecting licensing.
If you want to take a Wii and write unique software for it, Nintendo will try very hard to stop you because they want you to be a consumer of their games. If you want to edit the firmware to allow you to pirate games, Nintendo will try to stop you because they want gaming revenue. If you want to call yourself a homebrew hacker, fine, but 90% of "homebrew" is really just piracy. Nintendo doesn't care about the 10% making their own games, it cares about the majority who hide behind homebrew in order to undermine sales of commercial software: one solution wipes out both.
I'm not personally offended by your desire to want to do those things. I've slept in places I wasn't supposed to, I've used software I've failed to pay for, and I've violated various licenses and trespassed and have occasionally resorted to schwarzfahren when I lacked train tickets... and plenty of other more egregious things.
But there is a gulf between realizing that you're doing something sketchy, and in hypocritically laying out a pretentious defense of illegal behavior on the basis of either "not recognizing the law" or citing some legal foundation for doing something that is simply not legal.