Sources: FOSS Patents , 
quote: Because this is how everything has worked in software and science and technology for all of history; it's what Apple DOES, and it's how progress happens. The real question is why shouldn't copying be allowed?
quote: Agreed, but the outcome will have far reaching implications in technology and IP law for decades (essentially all aspects of you and your hypothetical children's lives). So, that outcome is very important, to me, at least.