For those of you scrappers who aren't sure what is and isn't ok yet, here is a great list from a message board, by kimlizzy.
Just because someone shares "free" a kit/element through a group/site and doesn't specifically state that it isn't to be redistributed doesn't mean you are free to do as you please with it. Unless the designer actually states that it is okay then you have NO RIGHT taking it upon yourself to redistribute that kit/element ANYWHERE else.
You are NOT ALLOWED to redistribute.
You are NOT ALLOWED to email it to friends.
You are NOT ALLOWED to upload it to another group/site.
You are NOT ALLOWED to do anything with free/bought kits/elements except make a layout for your own personal use. You can upload said layout to an online gallery but you must give credit to the designer.
You are NOT ALLOWED to incorporate the elements into a new element and call it your own.
You are NOT ALLOWED to rename the file and call it your own.
You are NOT ALLOWED to alter the element and call it your own.
Suppose I offer a "freebie" for download from a group/site. Just because it is a freebie and you got it from ME doesn't mean you can then redistribute it through your group or anywhere else. The only place anyone should be able to get my files is from the site/group I (THE DESIGNER) upload them to. If someone you know would like it, direct them to the site where you got it.
We've heard all the "excuses" and they don't wash with any of us.
"I didn't know"
"I thought it was okay cause it was free"
"I thought that as I'd paid for it, it was mine to do whatever I liked with it"
"My friend can't afford it so I thought I'd be nice and send her a copy"
Use any excuse you like. It changes nothing. They don't absolve you of the crime.