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Customers say no daddy to Go Daddy: 72,000 domains leave over SOPA

GoDaddy.com lost over 70,000 accounts because of customers protesting the site's support of a controversial antipiracy bill.
GoDaddy.com lost over 70,000 accounts because of customers protesting the site's support of a controversial antipiracy bill.
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A big daddy mistake—
GoDaddy.com made an ill decision when it decided to announce its full-hearted support of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is up for consideration by congress.

And according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, if SOPA passes, the new law would enable the entertainment industry and the Feds to blacklist any websites they felt were in violation of piracy or copyright infringement.

The EFF stated SOPA would:

“...allow the U.S. government and private corporations to create a blacklist of censored websites, and cut many more off from their ad networks and payment providers."


A reversal of fortune

GoDaddy.com saw over 70,000 domains suddenly drop from its ranks within seven days as customers decided that GoDaddy’s support of the over imposing law was not only bad policy, but an affront to Internet freedom.

The result? Customers left in droves to protest GoDaddy’s position.

Too quick on the draw

SOPA, if passed, would only give blacklisted sites a mere five days to submit an appeal to the government.

The law would give the Attorney General to power to cut off suspected offending websites from search engines and cut off advertising revenue and credit card payments to the websites.

GoDaddy says sorry
After the huge outgoing numbers of customers from GoDaddy.com due to its support of SOPA, the company suddenly changed course and says it doesn’t support the bill after all.

There’s one glaring thing wrong with this—GoDaddy.com actually helped draft part of the SOPA bill. Not only this, for its efforts, it receives immunity from the Feds on the very law it helped to write thus giving it a free pass, while its competition would be wide open to SOPA penalties.

Can anyone say double standards?

No Daddy

The general intent of the SOPA bill is to prevent piracy but it places too much power into the hands of government and entertainment industry personnel who could very well arbitrarily target sites without a fair hearing or due process.

Via TNW

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Written by: Frank Ling on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 3:48 PM

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