I vaguely remember this being discussed in the past here. Are images posted here (or in other web forums) protected under US (or international) copyright law from being downloaded and used for commercial purposes without the consent of the author? My understanding is yes. I seem to remember that the act of posting a photo creates a de facto copyright on the image, without the need to do anything else. Is this true? While many of the images posted here are too small to be printed, they could be used in blogs, webpages, advertisements, etc. on the internet. Would welcome feedback (and possibly a sticky thread at the top of the forum!) outlining the legal rights/protections of members for the images posted here.