Go Daddy SOPA Support Leads to Domain Exodus

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Domain registrar Go Daddy’s initial support for SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, has spurred many of its customers to transfer their domains to other hosting companies despite the fact that the company ultimately reversed its stance and issued a statement saying it no longer supports the bill. So far, Go Daddy has lost over 72,000 domains, and now Reddit users are calling for a boycott on December 29.

In response to outcry from the public and angry customers, Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman stated,

Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation — but we can clearly do better. It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.

SOPA is a bill that’s been working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives that supporters claim will stop people from stealing content like movies, music and books online. Opponents claim the bill, should it become law, will give the government nearly unfettered control over what can be viewed online.

Go Daddy boycott thanks to SOPAThe bill would make it surprisingly easy to get court orders to shut down any website suspected of participating in copyright infringement in any way, even if that happens to be indirectly. Internet service providers would be required to block access to sites that host or link to other sites suspected of copyright infringement, and online search engines could be blocked from showing results that include blocked websites, regardless of whether or not they are hosted in the United States

Those accused of unauthorized streaming of copyright-protected content would face felony charges.

Go Daddy was singled out by SOPA opponents, although the list of other companies supporting the bill on at least some level is well over 100. Other companies on the list include the likes of Walt Disney, Intuit, Microsoft, CBS, Bose, and even Apple. The Mac Observer has asked Apple to clarify its position on SOPA, but has not received a response.

Data from DailyChanges shows that Go Daddy’s domain losses are already up over 72,000 for the past five days, and that’s likely to keep climbing, especially with Redditors ready to push for massive transfers on December 29. The Boycott GoDaddy website is asking domain owners to pledge to drop Go Daddy, too.

For its part, Go Daddy’s public statement that it no longer supports SOPA doesn’t seem to go far enough for opponents of the bill, especially since Mr. Adelman said his company would consider supporting future versions of the bill. The fact that Go Daddy helped craft the bill’s current wording hasn’t helped the company’s case, either.

In a public statement, Go Daddy representatives said that the company has been working with the government for several months on the bill’s wording to “improve the bill by proposing changes to key defined terms, limitations on DNS filtering to ensure the integrity of the Internet, more significant consequences for frivolous claims, and specific provisions to protect free speech.”

SOPA opponents, however, don’t seem to be interested in Go Daddy’s statements, and come December 29 that could hit the company’s pocketbook hard.

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15 Comments Leave Your Own

dtschuck

If the legislation is being originated in the House, it can dependably be expected to favor business and government control over the rights and liberty of the individual.

While one cannot condone piracy, the powers that the House is asking be granted to government and business, in the name of fighting piracy, is grossly overreaching and serves the purpose of censorship and ability to strike punitatively against those that business and government is unhappy with.

A perfect companion of the Patriot Act.  It’s quite odd that the part the endlessly proclaims the love of liberty and personal freedom are the very group that are always the first to propose legislation that acts to limit, or strip away, those same personal rights and freedom.

Good advice; when people talk about “protecting you and your rights”, place close attention to what they do, not what they say.

Lee Dronick

As dtshuck says big money intrests have too much influence on Representatives. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, but we voters must also contact our Representatives and Senators to tell them how we feel about this draconian law.

geoduck

Coincidences are a funny thing.
I am in the process of evaluating web hosts to replace MobileMe. GoDaddy was on my list, but when they came out for SOPA they came off my list. Their halfhearted attempt to apologize is irreverent. I won’t be going with them.

BenHenry

Boycott is still on. GoDaddy has NOT withdrawn its official congressional support for SOPA. They are exempt from SOPA and continues to support it. Just the usual PR lies we often see for damage control.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/23/godaddy-ceo-there-has-to-be-consensus-about-the-leadership-of-the-internet-community/

dtschuck

The hubris and arrogance of companies is always impressive, whether it’s Go-Daddy exposing who they really serve, or NetFlix thinking they can just shove any pricing and service structure down their customer’s throat or Lowes, who pulls advertising from a program simply because of a letter of protest from a neurotic Right group.

And of course, they think some wordsmithed apology will make us forget, and all is for given.  Well, as consumers, be it the credit card companies gouging us, or banks charging outrageous fees, debit card companies demanding that we pay them to use our money or Go Daddy thinking that it’s okay that they help Big Brother, we have little power, except to withhold our business and be blunt and forthright about how their behavior is unacceptable, in the hopes that others will withhold their business as well. 

They will not feel the sting of one person withholding their business, but for one hundred thousand, one million—-most certainly.

Darr247

The next target should be disney. Including ESPN, ABC and anyone who advertises on those networks. With all the versions of disney ‘classics’ I’ve bought on VHS and DVD (and no doubt Blu-Rays will be pushed next), I must say of all the movies I’ve noticed online over the years I don’t ever recall seeing a disney flick among them, so their backing of this bill doesn’t make financial sense to me.

They should be worried about chinese knockoff mills, not people downloading non-existent copies of their stuff.

John Dingler, artist

Yes, Dtschuck, play close attention, indeed.

But I am stating your possible hiden premise, and clarifying and focusing your conclustion: The “you” in the phrase ?Protecting you and your rights? refers to members of congress, members of the executive branch, but significantly also the corporation as a person whose form is speech is the money and influence money exhorts.

The “rights,” of course, refers to the new, extra-Constitutional rights all of these entities have acquired under the US Patriot Act but also the even stronger rights they would acquire under the new NDAA which would institute Martial Law since it allows the Pentagon to put civilians into military jails should President Obama sign it.

In other words, the trend is toward more and more top-down government, less power for individuals who form the 99% while empowering the top who form the 1%. And this SOPA travesty is simply another strong step in the institutionalization of anti-democratic practices by those in power.

Here’s what we need to do. We need to become more active less passive. We need to get rid of the US Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, but now do everything we can to prevent the passage of the new NDAA as well as this Constitutionally restrictive SOPA.

aleksander szenfeld

gone-daddy?

littlebiggygirl

too late Go Daddy, you’ve topped the list of 2011’s biggest #$%holes in tech: http://littlebiggy.org/viewSubject/4699347

Lee Dronick

I am in the process of evaluating web hosts to replace MobileMe. GoDaddy was on my list, but when they came out for SOPA they came off my list.

I haven’t looked into them lately, but the last time I did they would nickel and dime you for services that came included with cheaper plans at other hosts.

jfbiii

My domain is up for review…I’ll have to look into an alternative.

geoduck

The ?rights,? of course, refers to the new, extra-Constitutional rights all of these entities have acquired under the US Patriot Act but also the even stronger rights they would acquire under the new NDAA which would institute Martial Law since it allows the Pentagon to put civilians into military jails should President Obama sign it.

Patriot Act 1 and 2, Carnivore, Gitmo, Rendition, SOPA the list of scary things coming out of Washington Inc. go on and on.

I love living in Canada but sometimes I feel like the last person out of East Germany before the Berlin wall went up.

Daniel James

There are already t-shirts on ebay, search “stop sopa”

furbies

Of course, it took American citizens to vote for people standing for public office. Then those people who won public office wrote & voted for laws that now allow the U.S. Governtment/Congress to do these things….

Just saying is all.

From someone who’s glad he’s Australian, and not an American living in the U.S. Of A.

Lee Dronick

Of course, it took American citizens to vote for people standing for public office. Then those people who won public office wrote & voted for laws that now allow the U.S. Governtment/Congress to do these things?.

The problem as I see it is that the Representatives only serve two years and they spend most of that time getting money for the next election. Lobbyists are big contributors and then the Representatives pay them back with favorable legislation. Representatives go to their home district and tell constituents what they want to hear who in turn vote without doing any real research.

Don’t get me started smile

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