Thanks Cecilia, glad to see at least one person understands.
Karson, your writing, pictures, drawings... Did you ever put weeks of hard work into something? You should put your name besides each creative piece of yours, that you feel is worth keeping. It's your own work.
When you're a pro, it's a nightmare to protect your work if you want to publish anywhere. People can just go away with your stuff and think it's in their right.
As Cecilia probably knows, artists don't always know that their work is all over the WWW. You post stuff in a site where people can upload their images "for free", you think it's alright, then first thing, your stuff is all over Google without you knowing. Then, as you say Karson, people think it's free, and free of rights, and usable at will, while it's never been. And while the artist probably has no clue his/her work is there all over, and they probably never consented to any of that.
Karson, I apologize if I made you upset, but I gotta say it makes me bitter that I couldn't get it through to you. I guess I did fail indeed. It doesn't invalidate my point, just my ability to explain it.
Intellectual property is something very abstract. You probably see warnings about it all over the internet and never even read them. It's too much text and no one wants to read them. I don't know what method would work to make people understand but that's indeed a wrong one.
And yes, most people leave when we hit the credits at the movies. Except the few freaks interested in who did what (like I am). I tend to forget this is not the majority of people.
Cast iron and treadmills? Oh yes. Still sculpting me to what I really want to be, and I love it. :)