Listen to Uncle Jafo, Karen. He really is "The Voice of Reason". I understand your upset...and frustration. Having just moved and updated to 7 and lost a lot of stuff.
It isn't 'political'... it's a 'property rights' thing, a legal thing. Keep doing your thing...and "make your own images" doesn't really solve the problem...as what one honestly creates is just as vulnerable as a 'borrowed' image.
In truth, how does one differentiate between a quasi-remembered image vs. one an 'original' one? How can one be certain as to 'originality'? In fact you can only be honest and give it your best shot.
To a very sweet person and artist!