+Alin Bogdan George Patuleanu
not saying that at all. In fact, it is a valid grievance if that is what is occurring
. We are talking specifically about torrenting.
Also, I was responding to the idea that data access is a human right. It is not, even if you and I personally believe it should be.
I think a better metaphor is The Sidewalk. You may walk there without interruption. In some cases you can use a bike or a moped. The local authority, for whatever reason says, " OK no more mopeds on the sidewalk." Maybe their reasons are legitimate (someone could get hurt, you are infringing on the walkers ability, etc) and maybe they are not (we don't like mopeds, there have been 0 cases of injuries from mopeds but we think it might be possible so no mopeds). Either way, the sidewalk remains open to bikes and pedestrians.
In my country (USA) most of the laws are aimed at the minority; it is a penalty system for the law breakers. This is why it tells us what we cannot do, as opposed to saying what we can (in all honesty there are both, but the preponderance is for the latter). In a lot of places, rules and regulations are aimed at the minority. I cannot at this time declaratively say which is better.