Reed College's Copycat Website Is Offline

March 7, 2011

"The University of Redwood," an unaccredited college that seems to be no more than a website with content taken from that of Reed College, was taken down Wednesday by Go Daddy, the website's Internet host. Officials at Reed had been trying to remove the website, which they believe was used in a scam to collect college application fees, since the fall. Reed was successful in November in removing the site for 10 days, but Go Daddy reinstated the website. After Inside Higher Ed reported about the struggle to disable the copycat website two weeks ago, Reed's lawyers sent additional requests to Go Daddy to remove the site, citing provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Ben Butler, Go Daddy's director of network abuse, issued this statement as to why the "University of Redwood" site is down again: "After Go Daddy re-enabled URedwood.com, we received a complaint about potential fraud on the website. After conducting an investigation and discussing the situation with the customer, the website has been taken offline."

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