So this tech writer used a copyrighted illustration in a web article, without permission from Chris Buzelli, the artist. (The illustration was a paid commission that Chris Buzelli had previously made for a magazine. It was available for viewing on his portfolio site.) When Chris found out about this and asked for the image to be removed, the blog writer responded that he had the right to use it, since it was on the internet. A huge backlash from artists followed.
Click on the following links to see the full story:
Chris Buzelli's blog, showing details of the crime
The offending article
The thief tries to cover up his douchebaggery by posting an article on "how to protect your work online". In effect, he says that if your work is used without your consent, it's YOUR fault for not slapping a disfiguring watermark onto it. And it's YOUR fault because you allowed Google or other search engines to include your artworks in their search results.
The thief's BAWWW journal
The comments at the end of each article are of the most interest. By looking at various artists' attitudes towards their art, we can see why copyright exists, and why it's so important to respect it. We also gain a clearer understanding of why we need permission to use someone's art-- and why crediting the artist isn't enough. These pages are well worth a read.
On an infuriating note, the thief's BAWWW journal states that he has no intention of stopping his use of copyrighted art without permission. I wonder how many disgruntled copyright owners he's going to have to face before he gets some sense into his head...