SouthWest fails to bring down SouthWoke website

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After popped up in April, a satire site dedicated to making fun of Southwest Airlines and its progressive virtue signaling, the airline filed a cybersquatting complaint which it has subsequently lost.

According to Domain Name Wire, the domain is registered through hosting business Flokinet, a company that describes itself as “a safe harbor for freedom of speech, free press and whistleblower projects.”

ICANN’s Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, often shortened to UDRP, is a domain name policy that typically allows satire sites that participate in non-commercial criticism. The complaint was filed by Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP and the site’s owner did not respond to the dispute.

The complaint states that Southwoke is “confusingly similar” to Southwest, “because it includes the first ‘south’ portion, changes three letters of the word ‘west’ to ‘woke’ and adds the generic top-level domain ‘.com’.”

The complaint also says that Southwoke “disrupts” Southwest’s business “by operating a competing website” and “creates a likelihood of confusion by attempting to pass of as [Southwest].”

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