I hate to overshadow the news of a beloved lost institution, but, in some ways, I really do see these two topics as related. From Flickr's FAQ
(wow...try saying that five times fast!) In particular, check out the last section.
It does not matter that you are not a professional photographer, your photos are your personal property and a business
used them without your permission, compensation, or even a photo credit
. By not protecting the rights of your property, you are allowing this practice to continue. As Davydd
has mentioned previously, he is now cautious about posting images to the Internet because of the proliferation of stolen photos. If this situation persists, how many others would stop posting their photos for fear that they would lose control over their own work?
Further, if this situation had been reversed - you used some of this television station's material without their "express written consent" (I am sure that you have heard that phrase before - and trust me, so have they!), you would have a team of lawyers sending you cease and desist orders - quickly.
If your neighbor came by and asked to "borrow" some sugar to bake a cake, you would likely give it to them without any expectation of getting the sugar back. But, if the bakery up the road took whatever they needed out of your pantry to help themselves make a profit, wouldn't you be a little tweaked? Forgetting the issue that you would be deprived the use of your pantry goods in my example - while you are clearly not deprived the use of your photos - the situations really are similar in nature.