So, I didn't get to chime in on a recent post that for some reason got closed, but I did write a book on IP, so I thought I would make some remarks on that (as opposed to the specific case). Basically everybody who posted about (c) got it right. Copywriting would be the way to protect this particular type of IP (not (TM)). You have this automatically. As an aside, there are some new twists come about as a result of digital media, also covered in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). For instance, if you did take BY's picture, and manipulate it to put your face on it, is is new art????? Probably not if you just paste a face on it, but it might be possible to so change it that no aspect of the original is recognizable. What then? These things are not so cut and dried. In a job interview at Microsoft once I pointed out that as written, that just the technology that lets you cut-and-paste arguably breaks the DMCA, because it covers not just the act of piracy, but any technology that could enable it. There are subtle and deep questions here yet to be resolved.I digress. However the main point that did not get made is that having protection, and pursuing your rights, are two different things. The easiest way to protect your rights for photos is to watermark them. Like this: http://www.pbase.com/bhymmen/image/51192814 (go visit, it will drive him nuts figuring why all the hits) This is easily done in Photoshop and darn hard to reverse engineer. If you post here, you may want to look into it. (This is one of many reasons lots of magazines still want film - they know they have the only copy.) I've had way too much experience regarding things getting stolen. One women went to my girlfriend's website, stole pictures of her art, made cards, and sold them on eBay. Another time, Porter Cable, a much bigger company than the one in the thread, reprinted one of my articles - including the byline - without permission. The first a friend of ours randomly found, and the second, I found only by doing a Google search on my name to replace to find some stuff I lost in the fire. The woman from eBay was a raving bitch and eBay was not helpful in resolution. Porter Cable on the other hand was very nice and paid up. I got lucky there. Just recently I did some work for a friend of mine. He said he convinced his wife to hire me by running a Google search of my name and he came up with an entire list of articles and videos of mine. I tuns out that these have been pirated by HGTV and some other big sites from the original sources. So far, I have not been able to pierce there contact structure to even find out who to bitch to through the site. Of course as a writer, the best possible scenario is write once, publish many times. I don't mind so much that it's out there, I would just like to be paid for it. So in this case I don't even want them to cease and desist, I want my money! Anyway, I just wanted to make that point: having the protection, and pursuing your rights are difficult. This is why you see so many things marked "patent pending:" once you actually patent it somebody can much more easily reverse engineer it, and if they have more money than you, you will never be able to prosecute your case and get your just dues. The world is full of examples of that. If your stuff is online here or somewhere else, it's vulnerable, and they more of it you have, the better chance it's been poached and you don't even know it. In fact an interesting thought just occurred to me: the gallery here could be a great FF stock photo site, where people actually came looking for pictures to buy.... that would solve a lot of problems.