Especially in case of hardware, if I bought it I own it. If I have to "steal" it from myself in order to truly own it, well, I go for it. If it makes me a criminal, so what. Too many things are already illegal to care; I, for one, don't want to live my life as a scared lawyer.
We have the right to root (and audit and own and pwn) our own devices. So we have to sometimes do it extralegally. So what.
Isn't it why gods gave us soldering irons, Bus Pirate, cheap $10 chinese logic analyzers, and a plethora of other tools, just itching in our toolboxes to get their piece of action?