I FULLY agree with you. As an author and technical writer myself, I write many articles and if I'd see one of my articles published without my authorization (and beleive me I can detect it from a zillion miles), I'd be really upset.
Some people (not all of them) just don't have no respect for anything and nobody. The DMCA act even needs more teeth, if you ask me.
If somebody asks permission to use any of my articles, I always gladly say yes and all I ask is credit to me and a link back to my article page.
To avoid any duplicate content issues with Google, I ask that the first (and maybe the 2nd if they wish) paragraph of my article be published on their site, with a link back to my site's page for the rest of the article.