There is no direct way to go after the culprit as there is no way to contact them listed on the site. Besides, they are out of Panama. Notifying the hosting company is the next official step in the process:
“The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the internet. When someone steals your original content, the best recourse is to file a DMCA Takedown Notification.
If a website owner refuses to remove your copyrighted content after you ask them to, you’ll need to provide the domain’s hosting provider with an official DMCA Takedown Notification.
Identifying the correct web host
You can find out who the domain’s web host provider is by performing a Whois query on the domain and the IP address it is resolving to. Please note that the registrar is not always the hosting provider, so also check the domain’s nameservers and IP address to make sure you are contacting the right host.”
I learned a bit later that in this case the hosting company is different than the registrar, so they’ve both been notified. If you’d been paying attention you would have noticed that in my response letter from NameCheap, they included this link:
Namecheap.com - Copyright & Trademark Policies
At Namecheap, we believe that the customer comes first. As a result, we have developed policies over the years which…
“If the DMCA notice relates to content hosted on our servers, we will temporarily remove, or disable access to, the disputed content.” As I said, I later determined that they were not the hosts, and contacted the correct ones as well.
I do my homework before I post about something. Things aren’t always intuitively how you imagine that they should be.