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What should I do?
Since you're already in contact with an attorney, talk to him about this. If you're in another country, he will know what the copyright laws are there, and what legal recource you have. Also, save all of his harrassing emails, because he may be committing another crime there.
I ask other web designers I know. One suggested to put up a page on my domain and let people know he didn't pay me and refuses to take it down.
So I did. Nothing mean, just that I did the site and he didn't pay me and refuses to take it down.
Hopefully, this is a lesson learned. It's never wise to take advice on legal matters from non-legal professionals. In some places, what you did could be construed as defamation of character, and you'd be liable for damages. The sad thing is, you were in the right and should have taken proper legal steps against him. But now you're on the defensive because of the ill-gotten advice you've followed.
I guess my question is what else can I do to get him to take down this site.
Contacting his host didn't work. They said so what.
I understand all that, and will just learn from that.
But what can I do to get him to take this down?
Or if he does sue me. Does he have a chance to win?
There are precious few lawyers who are going to provide legal advice on your rights under a written contract that they haven't reviewed, or speculate on the impact of the liability, if any, regarding a page on your website relating to a dispute on the payment terms of the contract.
If the value of the contract is sufficient to be worth its pursuit, then gather the contract, copies of the emails, screen shots of what you provided to the other person and of the page you added on your site re the dispute and then schedule yourself a visit with an experienced attorney of your choice.
Small claims will cost you a small filing fee (when I filed it was $25,) and you sue for the amount owed you + the fee, and you will have to pay someone to serve the subpoena, usually the sheriff's office. Most defendants will just cut a check.
I still say the bad client web page was a bad move, even though it's legal, unless your only goal was to P him off, which appears to be the only thing it's really done. :-)
Will let you know the outcome.
By the way, you are right, the website was not defamation of character. But I took it down anyway.