SOPA Loses Key Support from Go Daddy

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Things aren’t looking good for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA).

In the past, the legislation crafted with the intent to stop online copyright infringement has been hit with accusations that it would actually hurt innovation on the web.

In recent months, top web hosting providers including HostGator have voiced their opposition to SOPA. And on Friday, Go Daddy, one of the web’s largest domain registrars unveiled it was backing away from supporting the legislation.

“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,” stated Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman in a press release.

Continuing, Adelman 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.”

The move by Go Daddy follows a possible customer backlash. Tech site CNET previously reported last week that 21 thousand domains were transferred away from the company within a day, according to statistics shown by dailychanges.com, a domain tracking site.

SOPA was originally introduced in the U.S. House of representatives in October. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. as the Protect IP Act in May. To view a press release by Go Daddy regarding the matter, visit: http://www.godaddy.com/newscenter/release-view.aspx?news_item_id=378

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