Go Daddy Flip-Flops, Drops SOPA Support

Brad Chacos

Anybody who knows anything about tech knows that the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act sucks and would break the Internet, to put it in a nutshell. That’s why so many geeks find Go Daddy’s support for the act …disappointing (to say the least). We told you yesterday that Go Daddy was facing a boycott slash mass exodus from irate techies for the company’s vocal SOPA support, and apparently, the prospect of losing tons of domain registrations makes businessmen reconsider their political positions quickly. Today, Go Daddy announced it was withdrawing its support for SOPA.

"It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this,” CEO Warren Adelman said in the company’s press release . “Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

Of course, while Go Daddy may have withdrawn official support, there’s no mistaking where its feelings still lie, as evidenced by the closing line of the announcement, which was penned by Christine Jones, the company’s general counsel: “"Go Daddy has always fought to preserve the intellectual property rights of third parties, and will continue to do so in the future.” We agree with the sentiment, but it isn’t exactly the most diplomatic way to sign off.

Hey, are you heartened by Go Daddy’s switch? Keep the momentum going! A couple of days ago, Gizmodo released a Congressionally-created list of every company and organization that officially backs the craptastic SOPA bill – along with the contact information for each one. Why not give some of those companies a ring or send them a letter to let them know the mistake they’re making?

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