Please note that I said
one of his concerns is image misuse/piracy
I don't want him thinking he has been misrepresented - it was not that alone that made Tom decide to leave.
My "bought and paid for" uses far outweigh any illegal uses
... or at least, so you believe
... but yes, I'm inclined to agree that for me the benefits outweigh the risks ... I could keep all my images safe by letting no one see them, but where does that
get me. I consider letting my pics out in the wild as a sort of loss-leader.
But situations vary ... I consider few of my images rare in any way - I can always go out and take more - they have no special market value. Genuinely rare/historical images are a slightly different matter as part of their value is simply lack of availablity - by placing such an image on A.net allowing for possible copying around the 'net would lower the market value of that image.
Colin K. Work, Pixstel