Support For SOPA Gets GoDaddy in Hot Water
A recent statement by Registrar and domain hoster GoDaddy supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has resulted in quite a frenzy on news aggregation service Reddit today.
A Reddit poster aggressively responded to GoDaddy's decision and announced that he will be moving 51 domains to show his objection and suggested that to readers that other GoDaddy customers should be moving their domains on December 29 as well.
There aren't many companies supporting SOPA and even anti-piracy organizations such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) said that the bill needs work and would not be supported by the organizations. However, GoDaddy filed a strong statement in favor of SOPA with the U.S. House of Representatives. In the filing, the company writes:
"Go Daddy has a long history of supporting federal legislation directed toward combating illegal conduct on the Internet. […] Go Daddy has always supported both government and private industry efforts to identify and disable all types of illegal activity on the Internet. […] It is for these reasons that I’m still struggling with why some Internet companies oppose PROTECT IP and SOPA. There is no question that we need these added tools to counteract illegal foreign sites that are falling outside the jurisdiction of U.S. law enforcement. And there is clearly more that we could all be doing to adequately address the problems that exist. […] We need to find a way to preserve American ingenuity. Starting from a place of common ground will allow us to have the conversation about how best to achieve those goals. SOPA is a needed tool to get the ball moving."
It is unclear how much of an impact the move-your-domain proposal will be for GoDaddy. The company claims that it has more than 50 million domains registered. The post on Reddit had generated more than 2000 comments at the time of this writing, the majority of them being positive toward the post. GoDaddy itself declined to comment on the outrage and sent us the SOPA filing as a response for our request for a statement. The company also remained firm within its own forums and posted "GoDaddy's position on SOPA".