Niall Kennedy has this lengthy account of his successful efforts to have one of his Creative Commons licensed Flickr photos (licensed for noncommercial use) removed from Microsoft's Team RSS Blog. Rather than send a cease and desist, Niall decided to make his point with a bit of a flourish. The response he received emphasizes one of the most rapidly emerging and problematic gray areas of the Live Web: when is a commercial site engaged in noncommercial activity, and vice versa?
I decided to educate Microsoft about the use of images licensed under Creative Commons and hosted by third-party sites by using the same tactics employed in its own fight against piracy, but with a little twist. I edited the Goatse image to remove depictions of anything that might be considered offensive, and placed the Creative Commons circle logo covering up the focus of the image. The modified image was meant to send a message to readers of the Internet Explorer team's blog that the new picture was out of place, and ensure quick corrective action from Microsoft. I was unsure how many employees in the software division would get the subtle reference to Microsoft's own anti-piracy efforts.