The problem is that free culture and copylefting is (from the experience of anyone currently alive, history notwithstanding) such a radically new and weird concept. New ideas often take decades before the majority of people can wrap their heads around them.
Part of why we're in the mess we're in today is because many people still don't understand, for example, the Internet.
As an uninformed US citizen with only passing familiarity of how the BBC operates, I have to ask: what motive does the BBC have to limit file sharing of Doctor Who? Aren't they a public broadcaster, funded by TV licensing fees, and they don't have to assure advertisers that people are watching the broadcast? Isn't it in their best interest for as many people to watch Doctor Who as possible?
Why must repair of your own electronics be a geeky thing to do, though? Millions of people change the oil on their own cars or fix leaks in their own faucets, both of which are much more involved processes than replacing a circuit board in a phone.
Disassembling your phone is a geeky thing to do now, and with this, Apple is stating their intention to keep it that way. Instead of empowering people to understand and master technology, they choose to keep the masses ignorant for their own "convenience".
I have a three year old HDV camcorder. On purchase, I thought it was the most amazing thing I'd ever shot with.
Last year, I worked with a filmmaker whose Flip Cam made me envious. My thousand dollar camera's footage looked like shit compared to this. It was actually beautiful video. And it could do this all on flash memory, instead of aneurism-inducing DV tapes.