Theft of work, in the sense of putting your name on something that someone else created, or simply using it without permission is rife.
Regrettably true -however the real sticker is not just the theft - _but selling it for a profit in the open market_. And in real terms (I dont know how legal materials behind electonic works) posession of stolen goods is a lesser offence than selling stolen goods. And while there are plenty of legal dodges for simple posession of others works, actually selling them is a whole different matter.
Eg: If I made a Enterprise out of lego, showed it off and released the plans on how to do it, Paramount could not do a lot (they would threaten and hiss with attack lawyers, but legally it is weak). But if I stared _selling_ lego Enterprises both LEGO and Paramount would want some serious words with me - both to protect their copyright and income sources from merchandise sales.
Ditto if I started selling Pirated DVDs in public as opposed to just watching them - both are illegal but one will really get the lawyers frothing.
And the the bigger sticker is that even a complete idiot knows they should "file the serial numbers off" before passing off stolen goods as 'a family heirloom' or 'fell of the back of a truck". In this case they didn't even bother to try and then started whining when caught out.
Didn't that whole thing have to do with a knitted Adipose doll free pattern being forced to cease and desist at the same time? That ended with BBC looking at the pattern creator's work, and publishing a book with her, I thought.
Here's to hoping for an equally happy ending for Rich and Hilary.
I vaguely remember the Adipose doll, but I never liked them so never has a real desire to get the pattern. Though you are probably correct as there was a lot of nastiness being thrown around at the time. a\And it is nice to hear that in the end the BBC and the pattern owner cut a deal benefical to both.
Now that would be something interesting to come out of the mess- The Ten Docs as officially licensed Dr Who material, and BK with a 'BBC approved' Dr Who site (I mean the Beeb would have to know about TTD).