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GoDaddy backs away from SOPA after mass exodus

updated 02:40 pm EST, Fri December 23, 2011

GoDaddy rethinks SOPA stance after users quit

GoDaddy in a statement backed off of its support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. The web domain registrar maintained that fighting piracy was important but decided that the backlash against it meant the company had to adjust its attitude. GoDaddy would only support SOPA if the broader Internet field did, and its very business was based on the concept of free speech many believe SOPA violates.

"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," CEO Warren Adelman said.

General Counsel Christine Jones had pulled her post endorsing SOPA to avoid any self-contradiction in stance.

The move has already been welcomed but is also likely a pragmatic reaction to losses of business in protest. Many individuals and companies that had domains on GoDaddy were actively switching to rivals in protest, including 1,000 domains belonging to I Can Haz Cheezburger founder Ben Huh. Rival Namecheap had responded both with active opposition and promo codes for those switching over to oppose SOPA.

SOPA has been seen by many opponents as inherently threatening both speech as well as Internet security. The measure would let a media label ask to have an entire site taken down even if only a small part of its content is alleged to be violating copyright, with little opportunity to contest it. Many see it as inherently breaking security since the rules for DNS blocking would violate DNSSEC, a measure that the US government itself wants to use to prevent outside "poisoning" attacks that would effectively take over sites.

by MacNN Staff




  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For me it's not just GoDaddy. I've stopped doing business with any company that I know of supporting SOPA. I'm also voting against any politician (that I can vote for) that supports SOPA. This thing is a cancer to freedom on the 'net and must be stopped.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a sign of the times

    What a world we live in when the phrase "including 1,000 domains belonging to I Can Haz Cheezburger founder Ben Huh" is used to document someone's influence. A mini empire based on pictures of cats with funny mangled-English captions.

    How stupid of goDaddy to not realize from the outset that their customers overwhelming oppose the legislation they were supporting.

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  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How old are you people, 10? What is 1,000 domains compared to the likely millions GoDaddy has? The MAIN problem with ANYTHING is not the idea (stop piracy) but how numbskull politicians implement by going over the top, and then enforcing against the weakest (and the stupidest). By the time they go after the fat cats, there is new legislation.

    Think of no smoking in restaurants. Remember how all the places that outlawed this were threatened with "extinction" and patrons would go somewhere else? It didn't happen... people still will eat somewhere and if they all outlaw it by state or individual business decree the "mytdave's" of the world will have to "eat crow" and skulk around looking for someone who won't sympathize with them but pretends to. Grow up. It's not about freedom it's about being allowed to misbehave and cost someone else money and inconvenience.

  1. TheMoorash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Protection for the indie

    Would be nice to have some protection for independent music and film artists who don't want their creations shared, for free, all over the internet.

    Sometimes I think most people are railing against SOPA because it would stop their ability to steal from artists...

  1. facebook_John

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2011


    Wow they were supporting this c***!

    Move off of Go-Daddy if you are using them as a provider. Obviously they don't have a clue as to what this Sopa c*** would have done to the internet. I can't believe they were actually going to support this garbage!

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't stop...

    GoDaddy still supports the senate equivalent of SOPA, called PIPA (protect IP act).

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