Re: Why is this important?
Theft is theft. These j*ck*sses are trying to take ownership of something that is not theirs to take. The fact that it might not be anyone's to take at all just makes the situation WORSE. This is the worst kind of virtual land grab. If it is allowed to stand then all manner of people and corporations will be subject to bogus litigation and completely unecessary extra costs.
Taking from the public domain is as much theft as "piracy". More so even.