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I wrote again demanding payment and have recieved no reply. The offending site is hosted in the US with a .co.uk domain and I am in the UK, could anyone advise on the best way of taking this further legally?
The financial award you are likely to recover (if you are lucky enough to recover anything at all) for a single article which was promptly removed probably won't justify hiring an attorney, and won't be likely to attract a lawyer based on a contigency fee. It never hurts to try, of course.
For something like this, often the most you can accomplish is to create grief for the offender by complaining to his web host, search engines, domain registrar, business partners, etc., with full documentation. Check out the rest of his site - has he ripped off other sites, do you think? If so, you might drop a note to the content owners; this will keep him busy, and if you are lucky one of the content owners will have in-house counsel (or a good lawyer buddy) who will file suit without warning.
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You might find that you have not done everything just right to get much "more than an apology".
Just as a guess, I would say that you are only likely to get actual damages, and the attorney's fees will come out our your award AND your own pocket.
Sometimes it is better to lick your wounds and get on with life.
I notice though that since I switched from tables to CSS-P for layout, people don't seem to be copying my pages wholesale anymore. Probably because when they copy the code and look at it, it looks nothing like what they saw on my server.
I often find content on the web that I know is syndicated and think that it would make a great addition to one of my sites but there is no way of finding out who the syndicating company is... So I move on.