Monday , March 1 2021

ANC loses offer to recover its domain name



The ANC lost its offer to have the domain name of their original website returned.

The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) governed against the party in its dispute against Unwembi Communications.

Unwembi Communications has been battling the ANC for months for non-payment of hosting and development fees for the party's website.

The company is suing the party for $ 32 million over the payment dispute, while the ANC has attempted to regain control over its original "anc.org.za" domain name.

To counter this, the ANC recently announced the launch of a new official website – www.anc1912.org.za – after his site on "anc.org.za" was taken offline by Unwembi Communications.

In the SAIIPL trial, the adjudicator expressed displeasure at both parties' behavior, but found that ANC's bid to have its domain returned to him was not supported by sufficient evidence.

The contractual waiver between the parties is now the subject of proceedings in the Superior Court, and the court considers it unnecessary and imprudent to express any opinion on the merits of this contractual dispute, the judgment stated.

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