Seriously. I will steal them. I might ask, I might not. Is there anything you can do about it? Sure. It'll cost you 30 bucks. I'm only being partly facetious here. Despite my conscience, I sometime will, in fact, steal your photos. Why? Because I can. Simple as that. Lets be honest here. Most of you are blatantly lying on your websites. I'm guilty of it too. You put a line of text at the bottom of your page. It looks something like "© 2006 Johnny Photographer." Or maybe, "All photos on this website subject to U.S. Copyright." Not really. Your photos are, technically, protected under U.S. copyright law. But for all useful purposes, they are not. Here, from the U.S. Copyright Office website: Do I have to register with your office to be protected? No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. Pretty self-explanatory, I think. I'd bet that out of every individual who writes a copyright notice on their websites, 1% or fewer have actually registered their work with the copyright office. I'm not really supposed to steal your photos. But if you haven't registered them, there's really not a lot you can do about it. Moral of the story? If you're really serious about protecting your work, register it.