By JEFF KORBELIK and ZACH PLUHACEK / Lincoln Journal Star Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 - 08:08:24 pm CST One of the biggest Nebraska sports Internet fan sites disappeared from the Web for several hours Tuesday over an ownership dispute. People logging on to HuskerPedia.com were met with a message that said the site was down for scheduled maintenance and would be back online as soon as possible. Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the site appeared to be functioning normally again. David Max, co-founder of the site, said it had been taken down because the founders are in a dispute over who owns it with Information SuperBrand Inc., an Internet marketing company that fired him Friday as chief financial officer. He and Joe Hudson, who launched HuskerPedia in October 1999, plan to create a new Husker fan site, HuskerMax.com. “All I know is that Joe and I are no longer part of the company,” Max said in a phone interview. “We no longer have the ability to access the HuskerPedia servers. We have an issue of ownership and copyright.” Hudson developed “98 percent” of the content for the site, Max said. Hudson, copy desk chief at the Denver Post and a former Lincoln Star reporter, contacted Information SuperBrand founder and chairman Eric J. Park early Tuesday and requested that Park refrain from using Hudson’s content. “Eric ignored him,” Max said. The site was briefly inaccessible, but was relaunched within hours. “We haven’t recontacted (Park),” Max said. A cell phone message left for Park seeking comment was not immediately returned. Information SuperBrand, based in Irvine, Calif., manages more than 1,500 Web sites, including more than 1,000 “pedia” domains in 40 categories. HuskerPedia receives more than 300,000 unique visitors per month and generates more than $1.5 million in revenue annually, according to a December 2009 news release. It links to stories about Husker sports on other Web sites, including the Journal Star’s HuskerExtra.com. Max said he is in discussions with an Omaha law firm about the dispute. “I haven’t really thought about that,” Hudson said, when asked if he would hire representation. He said he became concerned about the company’s financial agreement regarding the site in the days leading up to Max’s firing. Hudson has never met Park in person, he said, and would only communicate with him when he needed technical support. “As long as it’s been HuskerPedia, it’s been me and David Max.” On his new site, Max wrote that the dispute over HuskerPedia “may take an extended time to be resolved. “We promise to exhaust every option available to us for regaining control of HuskerPedia,” he said.