Wix.com, the web-hosting service, took down the page after a copyright complaint was filed alleging the website had used photos of Doane’s campus and a university logo without permission — a claim Hill disputed.
When he built the website in early October, Hill said he took care to not use anything from Doane’s website, choosing instead to use a photo of the bell tower on the Crete campus taken by colleague Kristen Hetrick.
Hetrick, a former associate professor of German who was also director of the Honors Program at Doane — both programs on the list of recommended cuts — said she took the photos Oct. 7, during her final week on campus.
Doane’s logo had never been used on KeepDoaneEducated.net, Hill said.
After Hill disputed the copyright complaint, the web hosting service told Hill it would reinstate the page in 10 days if Doane chose not to sue, meaning the website would reappear shortly before the board’s vote.
“The timing seemed remarkably convenient to people who are filing this bogus complaint,” Hill said.
The dispute was first reported by Doaneline, the campus newspaper, where student journalists confirmed that the complaint had come from the university’s administration.
Someone — Hill said he wasn’t sure who — sent Doaneline’s story to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that works to defend civil liberties online and which agreed to represent Hill.