Some people are really put off by what this guy did. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with his actions. He was professional and cordial. The bottom line is this, the paper STOLE something. Professions that don't produce a physical product (photographers, writers, programmers, etc.) have become devalued to the point where we think it is ok to take without regard of payment. Just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's free. If I go into a clothing store and steal a bar of candy, do they send me a letter asking for payment? Do they request I give it back? No. They call the cops and I go to jail.
I would feel totally different about this if the blogger was rude and combative. He wasn't. In fact, the paper was rude and combative. Some people say, "Well why didn't he just send them a letter asking for payment?" Do you think sending a letter to this guy 15 times would have done a thing? When he does nothing with the letters you've got to call a lawyer. You have lawyer fees. This drags on for months. Finally he gets his check. How many hours of work has he put into pursuing this guy for payment when that time could have been spent writing more articles?
What are your thoughts?