Note To Members: I would like to remind our Members to please not post copyrighted materials (photos, documents, or other materials) on these Forums, for which you do not have permission to post.
From our Forum Terms and Conditions:
By posting on the Shar Pei Forums you agree to NOT to use the Shar Pei Forums to:
6) upload, post, email or otherwise make available or transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyrighted materials or images, reprints of copyrighted articles, or materials for which you do not have full ownership or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party, without the explicit permission of the copyright owners.;
A copyright can be claimed by anyone without a formal process of applying for a copyright. From Wikipedia:
In all countries where the Berne Convention standards apply, copyright is automatic, and need not be obtained through official registration with any government office. Once an idea has been reduced to tangible form, for example by securing it in a fixed medium (such as a drawing, sheet music, photograph, a videotape, or a computer file), the copyright holder is entitled to enforce his or her exclusive rights.
It doesn't matter whether copyrighted material was posted for a good cause, etc. If anyone complains about their photos or graphics appearing on the Shar Pei Forums, they will be removed as soon as possible.