Yunghi Kim has worked has a photojournalist for 30 years, and when she speaks about photography, she does so with knowledge and authority. Over at the National Press Photographers website she wrote a detailed article about how she protects her images from theft, and how she recoups damages from those who have stolen her work. This is a document that anyone and everyone who has published work, videographers, artists, poets, photographers, lyricists, et al., should have handy to use as a reference.
To read the article, visit the NPPA site here.
It is true that theft in the digital age is easy; however, it isn't necessary to accept the theft of intellectual property as fate. Something can be done about it, though it does require some time and effort...and networking with other professionals can be very helpful.
It is my hope that this information will be widely shared with others.