Yes they did, but what is the point of fighting it anymore. People are going to do whatever they want when you put something on the internet. That’s what I’ve had others tell me, that I shouldn’t be so concerned about what happened in the past.
Definitely JJ, there will always be people stealing your work without any care. But remember there will always be a community that supports your creations, so get ahead with what makes you happy. Just bear in mind these kind of things do happen, unfortunately.