The trip to the Phoenix metro area will be for several purposes including the locating of key persons who will be involved in the copyright issues with the removal of the copyrighted images on a missing hard drive. This will include the court information and lawyers. I cannot be personally involved other than the gathering of information and handing it over to the people who will run the non-profit in this case.
The idea of photographers having to use the courts to maintain their work is disgusting to me as it means others are willing to take and keep others work. This part of the work of a photographer is so unsettling to photographers that many are just walking away. I do appreciate that process but when it entails the entire library like in my case, walking away is not an option. The nice thing is that you have some time to deal with it and the longer it goes the more it can cost them.
The infringing of my work has slowed down considerably since I have invoiced people and sent notices. The invoices are effective for getting the work down and some get paid, but most were written as a means to get a person or a business to pay attention to what they are doing and all but a few have stopped doing it. Mission accomplished.
The case(s) that I am pursuing will be started shortly as the time spent can now be more focused on them instead of stopping more infringements. I suggest to others who are dealing with this issue to do a similar approach. You have to stop the bleeding of your work first and then go back and remove the cause. It will take time but you have it to file the cases if you need it. This is not something that can be done effectively using a knee jerk reaction.