I use torrents. Why does that make me a criminal.

So I live most of the year in another country. I have premium cable in my house in USA but I am never there. The only way to watch the shows I like are by downloading torrents.

But everyone says that torrents are costing the movie companies and cable companies gazillions of dollars. WHY? How did I cost them any money?

I have the right to sit in front of my tv and watch all the TV shows I like. But I am not there and can’t sit in front and don’t have enough bandwidth to watch over the internet.

So why am I “stealing” from the studios and such? This whole copyright law bullshit is out of control