GoDaddy Facing Possible Boycott Over SOPA Support

Ryan Whitwam

As the U.S. House pledges to continue pushing for the passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) next year, companies supporting the legislation are increasingly coming under fire. Old media like the movie and TV industries are obviously in favor of it, but most tech firms are opposed. One internet heavyweight that is in favor of SOPA is domain registrar GoDaddy . Now that everyone has caught wind of that, many are proposing a "Move Your Domain Away From GoDaddy Day."

GoDaddy is so firmly in favor of SOPA’s anti-piracy provisions that it sent a fire and brimstone letter to the House in which they said the bill was about “... preserving, protecting, and creating American jobs and protecting American consumers.” The statement went on to downplay concerns over censorship as “an affront to the very fabric of [the] nation.”. Critics of the legislation disagree, claiming that SOPA and its companion Senate bill Protect IP would hand too much power to copyright owners to pull a site offline with no due process.

The Reddit thread where the idea of a boycott first started has over 4000 upvotes and 2000 comments, most of them supportive of the boycott. Other registrars are using the opportunity to promote their services, and are offering former GoDaddy users discounts to switch. Would you move domains from GoDaddy if this picks up steam?

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