wow i cant believe i missed these posts. Its sad to see something like that. Whats even sadder is it wouldnt of been that hard to recreate. Its just sad he couldnt of just said you inspired that part. But blatant rip imo. You need to learn to be a professional experiance. Now its time to experiance the reality for your actions. Sad to have to learn this way. Goodluck hopefully this never happends again.
A teacher at my school where i graduated. Was a Art Director on the west coast at one point. She was giving someone a interview and he had in his portfolio this piece. She asked him when he created the piece etc. To bad this work he had was a printed publication she happend to design which was awarded. Somehow he must of had a high rez version from it getting out there. It happends alot.
I hate to see creative people have there ideas/work stolen. Ray i would suggest trying to have his school teach a copyrighting/trademarking class. But on the otherhand there is no international copyright law. But obviously it will be frowned upon. I consider you a true member of this cafe.