Well, it finally happened. The reference photos I had been using to attribute early date Large Cents can no longer be captured and copied. While still available for viewing, I had used them by capturing the image and them manipulating them to show particular features of the varieties and resorting them in a more user friendly way.
But all good things come to an end and I appreciate the time where that was possible.
This happened last night since I was in the process of capturing these images to recreate my personal attribution reference which was lost after my PC was wiped out from a virus. I completed 1797 yesterday and was starting on 1793 this morning.
At some point, I hope we give more latitude and thought of the benefits of having images become a part of the public domain rather than trying to squeeze every last dollar out of them. This goes for all the Royal intellectual properties. But the almighty dollar rules the hearts of men in this fallen world.
But maybe I would think differently if they were my photos. Unfortunately, I'm still as selfish as the next fellow.