Where do you stand, morally, in regards to copyrighted material?
I make a conscious point not to download copyrighted material off the internet illegally. Sure, my track record is blemished with carelessness and I've downloaded my share of stock photos, music, software and movies for the sake of avoiding costly purchases. (all of which I've deleted or physically destroyed) Turning photographer has given me a stronger respect for others intellectual property (yes, including the industry's giants) since I've had a few experiences of people grabbing my non-watermarked work and using it without consent. Digital theft is so common that people don't even realize their actions are illegal. The very people that would cry "thief!!!", outraged if somebody stole a potted plant from their property would also think downloading theatrical releases are convenient and the coolest way to enjoy the most current hollywood entertainment. It's mindless hypocracy, not to mention typical human behaviour. But it blows me away at how numb people are to this kind of thing. Often times it's just plain ignorance combined thanks in part to its great acceptance in an uneducated culture.
What I've said it's certainly not new to anybody reading this. But my actual question to you all is this...
Being a photographer, a fellow producer of a digital media, and hopefully someone that is protective of the work they create, have your habits or attitudes towards other people's or company's copyrighted material been affected at all in a moral sense?