On Friday Internet registrar Go Daddy issued a press release stating that they would no longer be supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
Posted to the Go Daddy website:
Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” currently working its way through U.S. Congress.
“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,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “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.”
Go Daddy buckles under pressure
Notice how the statement begins with the phrase, “Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA.” Go Daddy, the largest registrar of internet domain names, had publicly supported SOPA in several blog posts in recent weeks. Friday’s statements were a reversal in stance.
After reports of Go Daddy losing thousand of domain name registrations, the internet registrar changed positions on the topic. The original blog posts supporting SOPA have since been taken down.
A Go Daddy boycott website was created last week. Online encyclopedia Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tweeted on Friday, “I am proud to announce that the Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy. Their position on #sopa is unacceptable to us.”
The war against SOPA and Go Daddy has been going back and forth iin recent days as Go Daddy competitors have claimed that Go Daddy has intentionally thrown up technical barriers to prevent its customers from leaving.
Namecheap, a GoDaddy competitor has used the Go Daddy backlash to create its own promotion declaring December 29th “Move Your Domain Day” giving a discount to domains transferred using the coupon code “SOPASucks.”
Following the money
With threatened actions of moving domain names away from Go Daddy, and a boycott being organized, Go Daddy quickly changed their position on the issue,
In our previous article we asked, “Why would congress support SOPA and ignore Vinton Cerf?” The answer appears to be related to money, or more specifically campaign contributions.
The folks outside of congress who support SOPA are a collection of entertainment media interest groups representing TV, music, and movies, such as Disney, Sony, Comcast, and CBS, who make up a group which represents nearly $2 million in campaign contributions to the 32 sponsors of the bill.
Sad commentary on the state of the current online piracy legislation, but the Go Daddy actions of the past few days once again appears to show that support for the proposed laws is not related to technology, but money.
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