A .be discussion forum copied/published an article I wrote from my site without my permission, complete with hotlinked images and a couple text links to other articles at my site - didn't even try to hide the fact. They just scraped my entire page and stuck it on their CMS.
I emailed standard DMCA Cease & Desist to the forum webmaster, the server host, and the parent host. That was 4 days ago. During this time I have exchanged a couple emails with the host "help-desk" however they are giving me the run-around... "how do you know you didn't give them permission?" or "how do we know who wrote this article first?" Now they are not returning emails at all for last 2 days, and the article is still on their servers.
The parent is one of the largest hosting companies in Europe & US.. This seems ridiculous, acting like they've never received a take-down notice before; just denying my claim instead of taking down the page and being done with it. I don't understand what the have to gain by playing dumb.
What would be my next step other than paying for an internet copyright attorney?