Domain registrar GoDaddy may have dropped its official support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), but this ugly chapter is far from over. According to competing registrar Namecheap, GoDaddy is doing all it can to hamper the flow of domains away from its service. Namecheap claims that GoDaddy’s actions violate ICANN rules, but is promising to work with potential customers to get their domains moved.
If Namecheap is to be believed, GoDaddy has been submitting incomplete domain information as a matter of policy when a move is requested. This makes it extremely difficult for a new registrar to process the change. "This action speaks volumes about the impact that informed customers are having on GoDaddy’s business," Namecheap said in a statement. GoDaddy has not responded to the allegations, but we imagine they will deny everything.
GoDaddy came under fire last week when the Internet became aware the registrar supported SOPA. In its present form, SOPA would allow copyright holders to shut down sites that were found to have any infringing material. It would also force alterations to the DNS system that many experts believe would be dangerous.