Roger wrote:Does it ultimately matter anyway?
Do people really care?
The way I see it you are chasing your own tail and there are far more important things in life to be concerned with.
Copyright laws apply.
I'm a member of BLF - Bildleverantörernas Förening (Photo Deliverer's Association). There are equivalents in almost every country. As a member, a copyright lawyer who helps me with matters like these is included in the annual fee.
Last year my income from copyright violations brought me about 5500 Euros, so I don't think it can be judged as chasing my own tail.
When a I saw my photos being "borrowed" the first times I didn't really care, but when they appeared on too many commercial sites I got pissed off. What really pushed me over the line was when a famous adventurer copyrighted my photo with his own name.
Usually, I send the theives a mail first asking them to either put my name under the photo or remove it. When I get no reply or a fuck off, I go to the lawyer.
Some of my income comes from photography and some of the photos I post here are unique. Many of them I have paid for with blood, sweat and tears. Some have almost costed me my life. The only other option would be to remove ALL material from SP.
Some may say; well it's the web. Just accept it. I can't see why theft is sort of legal on the www, when it isn't in most other situations in life.