GoDaddy has had a couple of rough weeks due to SOPA and PIPA. Once word spread around that they did indeed support, users of their services decide to take the matter in their own hands and created the Dump GoDaddy Day. While it is too early to know how many did leave their service, they finally caved in and retracted their support of the censorship bills. Here is what their CEO had to say as a response to the massive amount of transfer they have seen today.
We have observed a spike in domain name transfers, which are running above normal rates and which we attribute to GoDaddy’s prior support for SOPA, which was reversed. GoDaddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.
The law is supposed to prevent piracy and is Hollywood supported. However, the law has a lot of loopholes that cause fear among much of the Internet. You can read the actual text of SOPA at the Library of Congress. The other related bill that has stirred up as much dislike is PIPA (which GoDaddy also pulled their support of). You will find the text of that at Open Congress.
GoDaddy earlier last week claimed to stop offering support for the 2 bills, but left much to be desired by their users, hence why this day went forward. Hopefully they and other companies that offer similar support will see that this is their future. As for now both bills have yet to be passed, but we all know that they will keep trying to push them through. Please contact your local officials and tell them to say NO to these bills.
Tell me, do you support these bills or not? Also, if you live outside of the US tell us how you feel about these bills?