Yeah, I've heard that argument many times but the laws of the USA and of the whole civilized world say otherwise and reputable sites like wikipedia respect those laws and do not allow posting of content withjout the authorization of the copyright owner.
The fact that it's not worth pursuing the guy who stole or swindled $5 does not make it right, it only makes it... not worth pursuing.
A decent guy does not steal you money and if he takes it by mistake he returns it when you ask. A scoundrel finds reasons why he is entitled to keep your money.
And how much money do you think you've really lost? 1$, 5$? The only way to tell is look at your advertising revenue, which may have even gone up.
The law and the morality of taking other people's content is well settled among people who have respect for morals and for lawsand I see no point discussing it here. If you disagree with the present state of things you can write your congressman and ask that the laws be changed.
I was just asking that we all respect the laws and the morals of our times but I guess that is too much to ask of some people.
Well, part of that statement doesn't apply to me as I don't live in the US.
Whilst I agree with copyright to some degree, I think things have got out of hand. This isn't why copyright law was initially created. It's original purpose was to enable authors to gain revenue from their books being reproduced and has since been extended to include everything from music to computer software and rightly so. I don't have a problem with copyright but per-say but the way it's implemented these days is infringing on our freedoms e.g. you may be violating copyright law simply by playing a CD too loud in your car if you don't pay any royalties to the record company as its classed as a public performance. I've probably flouted the law hundreds of times by posting modified schematics in order to help people. So if that makes me a bad person, so be it.
I suppose all I'm saying is relax, if you've got nothing better to worry about than people copying (not stealing) what you've decided to make public in the first place then I envy you.
Besides, how are you going to prove you're the original creator? What's to stop them from claiming you copied them?
If you don't want others copying your designs then maybe you shouldn't put them on the Internet in the first place?
You haven't even posted a link to your website.