Around 3 years ago we published some sample images taken with a new camera on our websit magazine. We do this all the time. The images are made available for individuals to download for their own personal evaluation. It's made very clear on the download page and in the image file metadata that the images are copyrighted and permission is required for any use other than personal evaluation. One of the images we published was downloaded and used commercially by a software company. I found out what was going on when at a trade show I opened up a press pack and there was my photo being used to demonstrate the company's product. The image was also on their website, along with many others that I suspect were all harvested off the Web. We contacted the company and they even admitted what that had done - I have it in writing.
We have sought legal adviceon what to do, but with limited success. As this is a coyright issue, high street solicitors aren't that keen and even warned us that the software company could legally retaliate if we muddied their name, despite what they had done.
I feel strongly that something should be done to punish a violator of our copyright. They stole an image from us and used it for free to further their commercial activities.
So what can we do?