Thanks for posting what you did because it's food for thought.
It sounds to me like they did not properly pursue the copyright violation from this paragraph in the text of the link: "While Miller dismissed a claim of copyright infringement, he did leave open the possibility that the plaintiffs could clarify and refile those allegations. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said later that he would refile the copyright claims."
There are a couple of other issues here that differ from aviation photos being stolen from this site, other aviation photography sites and our own sites:
1. The reporter purchased copies of the photos online and began inquiries before the housewife password-protected the photos. I don't have the "buy a print" feature activated on any of my photos on this site but I wonder how those who do might have a problem with a copyright claim.
2. The housewife who posted the photos on the internet was not the photographer and thus did not own the copyright to the photos. She also did not have permission of the servicemen involved to place the photos on the internet.
may have won the initial battle in this case but this was not a case of a photographer/copyright owner filing a copyright infringement lawsuit from what I gathered in the story.
The U. S. Copyright Office's website has all kinds of language on it that seems to provide us with more than enough protection in the event they steal one of our photos. http://www.copyright.gov/