Go Daddy CEO Clarifies SOPA Stance

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Yesterday saw “Dump Go Daddy Day,” a day in which SOPA opponents were encouraged to transfer their web domains away from top registrar Go Daddy because of what many regard as the company’s inconsistent position on the controversial bill.

The company pulled its support for the bill last week after receiving criticism due to initial support.

On the same day that people were being encouraged to transfer away from Go Daddy, company CEO Warren Adelman clarified the company’s stance on SOPA.

“Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities,” Adelman stated.

Adelman even directly addressed customers’ disenchantment over Go Daddy’s past stances on the bill.

“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,” Adelman said.

Meanwhile, Go Daddy competitor Namecheap took advantage of Go Daddy’s unpopularity from the issue.

On Friday, Namecheap reported that it had received more than 27 thousand domain transfers on the 29th. For every transfer it received, Namecheap reported that it was donating $2 dollars to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an electronic rights organization.

SOPA (also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act) has proven highly unpopular with the Internet community.

Critics of the bill contend that it would hurt innovation on the Internet by placing an unfair burden on web providers, forcing them to pull the plug on access to sites accused of containing pirated material upon the issuance of a court order through the U.S. Department of Justice. Opponents also contend that the bill fails to provide a fair process for those accused of harboring the pirated material to answer the accusations.

Meanwhile, debate on SOPA will resume after Congress returns from its current recess.