This is an article about norm-violation, not law-breaking. That fact seems to me to be significant.
The public outcry reported here is an assertion of the non-institutional "vernacular law" whose spirit underlies open source.
Squint a little and you can see its affinities with "mutual aid" and, dare I say, "communism". But most advocates of mutual aid and/or communism don't see it (many seem unable to see it) and thus they lose out on excellent opportunities to leverage widespread instincts into broader political/economic awareness.