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OK, well, now that everyone has had their say on me being an idiot....
Thanks for the input, I am going to be getting any agreement like this in writing from now on.
As for me "threatening", it was simply me advising them of what copyright laws mean in Australia and that modification of media to remove or circumvent copyright is an arrestable/fine-able offence.
Not every company knows what copyright means for the consumer, but, in Australia, removing a copyright notice is the same as copying a VHS but not hitting record until the copyright disclaimer has disappeared from the screen... at least this is what I am told by local pros.
My statement to them regarding what can happen if the data is tampered with, took place before they (unknowingly) did it, so saying that my statement was a threat, is the same as saying that warning a person that peeing on a police car or stabbing a person in the neck, before they do it, is an arrestable offence, is a threat.
Cautioning someone on the laws and their responsibilities around them is not a threat.
I appreciate those saying that without anything in writing that I don't really have a case, and I accept that, thus, my plan to get any agreement about my work, no matter how small, in writing.
I will be adding my next sentence to the OP so that people don't reply to my originally poorly thought out post without reading the rest of the thread;
Since this issue had arisen, my employer, and the media person for our organisation, have advised me that they will do what they can to restore my metadata in the images used on the website, and that the removal was entirely by accident.
I am not considering legal action, as the issue has been acted upon and will be resolved before the work in question is published.