Fight over Puk domain name

After Solidarity lost its domain name battle, it moved its Pro-Puk campaign to a new domain.

By - January 25, 2016 Share on LinkedIn

After a prolonged legal battle, the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) ruled that Solidarity may no longer use the domain name.

The Propuk website was used to promote Afrikaans on the campus of the North-West University (NWU), and provide a platform for old PUK graduates.

Solidarity decided to move its activities to a new domain –

Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said Vice Chancellor Professor Dan Kgwadi is trying in vain to silence the voice of NWU alumni by employing censorship techniques.

“He does not like the point of view held by former NWU students and he is therefore now trying to silence their voice on the web,” said Hermann.

“The complaint [Kgwadi] filed with the SAIIPL against the group of former students is a censorship technique. In the era of social media, censorship simply does not work anymore.”

Hermann said the Pro-Puk campaign would now be even bigger. “The Pro-Puk Group enjoys the support of more than 30,000 former students.”

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