There is a company that is teaming with news organizations to file lawsuits against those using copyrighted stories on blogs and websites.
The problem is that not only are they going after wholesale theft of complete news stories, they are going after forum owners whose members post news stories. And not even complete news stories. Even using a fragment for what many people consider "fair use" is generating attention from lawyers.
The United States is lawsuit land. Anybody can sue for anything. If you get sued, you are not necessarily entitled to attorneys fees should you win. That creates an incentive to settle lawsuits as cheaply as possible. And the lawyers know this. That's what the company in the lawsuit is doing. They are suing and asking for an amount which would be about what it would cost the defendant to hire an attorney.
The link above is not about images, it is about news stories and fragments. News organizations are also trying to get information contained in news stories subject to copyright protections. If a news organization breaks a story, they want to prevent anyone from discussing that story even if they are not copying stories verbatim.
Under the current political environment which favors trial lawyers, expect this kind of lawsuit industry to continue to grow. Getty did it with images a few years ago. Now they are going after news stories. It will continue to expand.
If you are a non-American, you do not have to worry about this lawsuit free-for-all. But if you live in America, you are going to be targeted. Everyone is, even small bloggers. So doing anything that infringes copyrights in any way is not wise at this time.
That is why everyone must support reform of our copyright laws.