Last year I "won" a very small amount of money from someone in America who used an article of mine (text and pics, not video) in a magazine - it had previously been published in the UK. I was told about it by someone who read it and wanted more information.
The TU to which I belong approached the publisher and suggested they pay me, or the TU would take action against them on my behalf. They paid, and we had a week away on the proceeds . . . nice.
After that experience, if someone "published" anything that I consider my copyright I'd be tempted to see if I could get some legal help on a no-win, no-fee basis. Be interesting to see the outcome.
I think that The Guru is spot-on here - if the originator of the material, i.e. the copyright holder, fancies having a bash at you, they hold all the cards. By a similar token, someone like me, who makes money from my material, might take the view that if you, the illegal user, has no cash, I wouldn't bother to sue - I'd just slag you off a bit. Be worried if you copy material illegally and someone like me has a credit check done on you!
Last edited by ChrisG; 01-26-2007 at 04:46 PM.
Reason: to add a thought
I try to make someone happy every day - but it may not be your turn today . . .