I agree this is a great discussion, Lothruin!
What I get from all this is that designs posted on this forum are considered up for grabs? I think that methods, patterns, etc and even some graphic elements are probably up for grabs.
I am not saying that everything on here is 'up for grabs.' My opinion is if you post something on the internet, in a DIY forum (especially a great one like this where you're including pictures and tutorials), people will imitate it. Heck, I consider that a good thing if people 'copy' my projects and I don't really care if they sell the finished products or not.
We've had a few discussions about copyrights and the rights of artists who's work has been imitated before. I agree with Xanthia and I think if you're in the business of making money from your projects, you go should through the legal procedures of copyrighting your designs.
Ack - sorry someone stole your pics, yardenxanthe!
Maybe we should move this discussion to one of the copyright threads? (so as not to detract from shs's lovely poodle bag)