Hi Todd and Doc,
I regret above situation - but as you know, this is not easy to avoid - there will always be unscrupulous people, whether collectors or vendors, the first to show off and pretend it is their own work, and the others to make a quick buck - when you post data and illustrations on the web, it entails some risks, and while it is meant to HELP and STIMULATE other collectors, you'll never know whether they will be honest enough to use it all for themselves or their re-enactment group .
I know Ben had problems with some of his personal designs, and I got ripped off many a time, up to the point that some people even offered items to me, I had designed and made myself ! Last week I wrote an eBay vendor, who had just unscrupulously taken over a summary text of mine about Dog Tags (I made a study on the subject that took me 3 years to complete, and it still isn't final), just to show off and boost his sales, and of course w/o bothering to ask my permission ! I've had re-enactors selling my own reproduced ammo boxes on the net, etc. and European Re-e Associations, copying my English texts about re-enactment and ETO historical data, because they don't speak English, and they badly want to include something more, to show they 'know' what they're talking about .
I guess we can be mad, pissed off, and write to these offenders, but very few will ever reply, and if they do, often pretend they didn't know and state other poor excuses, so ... we'll just have to live with it, and try to avoid these situations, by being a little more cautious ... maybe ...
All the best,