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| Re: Taken Image….. |
Pacman ... sorry to hear @ your issue.
Here's a few things that might also help with some right brain/left brain consideration.
First ... your image is copyrighted to you the instant you create it ... WITH OR WITHOUT a copyright symbol.
Second ... your image is copyrighted to you the instant you create it ... WITH OR WITHOUT registering it.
Third ... misrepresenting someone else' work as yours is ONE FORM of copyright violation. Giving "credit" to the rightful owner & creator of the image satisfies THIS FORM of copyright violation, but does NOTHING to satisfy the requirement to have your permission to USAGE of your work. Taking and using it without your permission is a DIFFERENT FORM of copyright violation ... and giving "credit" does NOTHING to alleviate this wrongful action, yet because giving credit is the "right thing" to do, people misinterpret it as justifying the wrong that was committed. It is a right thing to do @ not forging the authorship, but it still doesn't exonerate the theft and usage (nor does citing "fair use").
The big difference @ registered vs. unregistered copyright is that ... in a legal proceeding the maximum award limits for a registered image are around $150,000 PLUS attorney's fees. For an unregistered image, the award is under $25,000 (maybe under $10,000, I forget) and NO attorney's fees. THIS is why attorney's don't take on cases with unregistered copyrights. The other critical aspect of registered vs. unregistered is that unregistered images are limited to "damages" (i.e. how much money you lost from it, etc.) awards ... whereas registered images can include "punitive" awards to punish the violator so they learn a lesson to QUIT doing it.
BUT, this distinction between registered vs. unregistered copyright in NO WAY invalidates your copyright, nor excuses the theft of your image ... whether or not you had a copyright symbol on it, or they put one on it or not. It is/was still yours ... and they still took it (and used it) without your permission.