Both incidents involved unauthorized use of my photos, but also both were very different and got a different response by me. Just to let you all know, when you use somebody's copyrighted property, you are basically putting yourself at their mercy. I've seen a lot of recent events, where somebody tried to use "fair use" as a way around it, however "fair use" does not protect you from consequences if the copyright holder chooses to go after you. One example a long time ago, somebody posted my photo without my permission claiming fair use. I initially was not going to make a big deal of it, but the person who posted it got an attitude with me when I just said, "From now on get my permission." When they did that I promptly reported them to Flickr and had the image removed. Copyright infringement defeated "fair use." All photographers and artist have different temperaments, some take it more seriously than others. When you violate copyright you are subjecting yourself to their enforcement of how their property is used.
Case #1: Honest mistake
I found an unauthorized use of one of my photos by a non-profit organization. They took my photo from Railpictures.net and used it in their newsletter. They did credit me for the photo, but they never asked my permission. So, I saw their status was not-for-profit. Here I e-mailed the author of the form with a friendly reminder Railpictures.net photo use policy. Because the violation was not too flagrant, I wasn't as mad. I just basically told them that they need to be careful from now on. Me and that editor are on good terms and he understands. This does not mean that every photographer or artist will be a nice guy in this situation, or very understanding of ignorance. However, unlike the incident I referenced a couple of years ago, this person did not come on rude to me, and that made a lot of difference in how I responded.
Case #2: Flagrant use and total lie
I referenced this case in my previous journal and Mr. Blair still continues to steal photos. Even going as far as to still tell lies and say he removed all stolen photos and does not steal anymore. In this case because he tried to say he produced work I really produced and went as far to shave people's watermarks off and replace them with his own, this case was much more flagrant. This guy hit maybe 50-100 different photographers. This time my response was to come in without much warning and report as much as I could until he made his Instagram private. This was no case of mere ignorance. The guy even went as far as to say he is the Fire Chief of Lewisville NC. So, right now he has several angry photographers nipping at him like piranhas and this was even before I found out.