Our civilization evolved through cycles where old ideas and technologies are the building blocks on which new ones are formed.
E=mc^2 didn’t come out of the vacuum with no prior knowledge of mathematics and physics layed out generations ahead of it.
Our individual lifespan is too short to accomodate the civilization we enjoy today had we insisted not to copy the work and ideas of our ancestors.
It’s who we are as a species, through copying, refining, & building on top of ideas by others, is one of the reasons where we are today.
Yet today, we’re hindering our innate nature for advancement just to cater for this one argument : “why should I put the hard work & resources just to see someone else using my ideas without me benefiting”.