First I want to say thanks to everyone on the board for sharing their knowledge... evidently, I've learned so much that I'm a professional now! (OK, not really, I'm joking about the being a pro part.)
I needed some prints really quick, so I got some 4x6's printed at the Walgreens down the street. I went in to pick up my pictures and the lady spread them out on the counter and asked, "were these taken by a professional?" Her accusatory tone made me a little defensive but I guess I should have taken it as a big compliment.
Anyway, I know this is a big issue for the real pros but on the flip side, is there any way for me to avoid the hassle of having to fill out a form when I pick up my pictures? They weren't watermarked or anything (and honestly weren't all that great). That's never happened to me before, so I was really take off guard a little. I guess that's the only way for them to protect themselves??