A while ago I had encountered the fact that one of the US companies running business in aviation uses my photo as a profile picture for their website without any permission or credits (its name can not be disclosed). A fleeting study of the US copyright law let me find out that unless your image is registered at US Copyright Office you can not be eligible for a very specific monetary compensation known as statutory damage which might range up to $150,000 if the infringement was proven willful. Otherwise you have to prove you have sustained a loss to get any compensation. Am I right?
What does signature "All rights reserved" placed under our images actually mean? In the case you have no US Copyright Office certificate, does it mean that the infringement is worth the risk? And the companies stealing your images can feel themselves safe as they could only be forced to pay the same fee for illegal use as they would otherwise do for a legal one?