Whatever happened to old-fashioned courtesy?
I recently linked to a cute photograph at icanhascheezeburger.com. To avoid network bandwiidth issues, I put a copy of the image file on my server and linked that back to the original page.
Unfortunately, in this case, the original photo was apparently "borrowed" without authorization from the person who snapped it. When the person who took the photo found out, the fur began to fly. She started sending out stiff-necked, stiffly worded notices to ISPs, mine included:
I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized...Ye gods.