It's strange, sitting here, not breaking the law. I'm perfectly happy and not missing anything...
I do not think it is possible to NOT break the law. For one, do you know what the law even is? Is a complete text of all of the laws available anywhere? No? Then how can you be so certain you have not broken one? Secondly, breaking the law is actually necessary for society to function. Did you know that the field manual for infiltrated spies actually recommends strict adherence to the law as a means of sabotage? If everyone in society blindly adhered to the laws, civilization would grind to an utter halt. Is that perhaps why you're so fixated on the adherence to the law above any other form of reason or common sense? So which country sent you?
I am an artist. I make my work available for people to download. My work is protected by something called intellectual property law. If you believe that law has no value, then you advocate the stealing of my work. How can you expect me to respect you, when you do not respect the value of my work.
That seems a very absolutist position. I do not think you will find anything who disagrees with the idea that artists should benefit from their work, but you do realize, of course, intellectual property laws cut both ways. Just as often as it protects an artist's work, it also protects the work from the artists. One only needs to look at all the games, movies, and whatnot, that have been trapped in IP limbo: The original artists deriving no benefit from the work, and also unable to use their own work. Under the present law, you could be arrested for "pirating" your OWN work! Is this, then, also right? Because that's what the law says. Or is this, perhaps, a sign that the present state of IP law is cripplingly flawed, and while it pays token lip service to the concept of protecting the rights of artists and may even do so on occasion, its REAL purpose is to serve the interests of those who have lobbied to get it to its present state?
Do we need some kind of IP law? Quite possibly. Is what we have now it? Almost certainly not.