(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Recent weeks have proven no fun for web host and domain registrar Go Daddy. Just last Friday, the company announced that it was backing off its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA).
While the move could have been initially interpreted as a welcome sign for the Internet community, who largely remains opposed to the legislation, it appears Go Daddy’s latest stance may have just brought more attention to the company’s previous support of the bill.
Today, many in the internet community are marking “Dump Go Daddy Day,” a day in which website owners are urged by SOPA opponents to transfer their domains away from the top website registrar. The event appeared to be conceived by a user on popular social networking platform Reddit.com.
As for SOPA, the bill gives the U.S. Justice Department the authority to require Internet providers to pull access to websites accused of containing infringing material. According to opponents of SOPA, the law contains a lack of due process and places an unfair burden on internet providers.
Those opposed also fear SOPA would harm innovation and freedom of speech on the web.
When announcing it was dropping support for the bill last week, Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman said, “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.”
Adelman went on to say, “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.”
Indeed, Go Daddy’s previous lack of opposition to the bill appears to have cost the company some customers. Recently, tech site CNET reported on statistics released by dailychanges.com, showing that 21 thousand domains were transferred away from Go Daddy during the course of one day.
Other web hosts have not held back, seeking to take advantage of the problem caused by Go Daddy’s perceived blunder.
Namecheap previously announced that it would donate a dollar to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for every domain transfer it receives today. Web host Domain.com has also urged website owners to transfer their domains.
Debate on the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to continue when Congress returns from its current recess. Meanwhile, a similar bill called the Protect IP Act is currently being held in the U.S. Senate. For further information regarding Go Daddy’s current stance on SOPA, view a press release by the company at: http://www.godaddy.com/newscenter/release-view.aspx?news_item_id=378