Like I mentioned in my e-mail to you. You should:
1.) Immediately register both images. That can be done here: http://www.copyright.gov/register/visual.html
It costs you $30 and a stamp but the legal benefits are numerous.
2.) Contact Johan and find out if the NY Times contacted Airliners.net in any way, shape or form. Even if it was a notification e-mail sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org."
3.) Contact the editors at the NY Times at:
I find it curious that a publication as large at the NY Times would print this image without photographer consent. There can be a few reasons why they did. I think it would be prudent to find out all angles before pursuing any "legal" action. It may be a misunderstanding.
One thing is clear, however, the copyright violation warnings on this web site did NOT work in this instance.
One clear winner, however, is Johan. Who got his url in the NY Times. Shame they did not, at least, get your name on there as well.
Keep us posted.
[Edited 2004-05-26 18:56:44]