GoDaddy, who supported SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) has received a lot of flak from the web community world over, including big websites like Wikipedia saying they’re moving all of their websites away from the domain service, reports the Money Control.
Reddit user Selfprodigy proposed December 29; selfprodigy is “moving my small businesses 51 domains away from them, as well as my personal domains…I’m suggesting Dec 29th as move your domain away from Go Daddy day because of their support of SOPA. Who’s with me?”
House representatives introduced SOPA in October, following Senate bill PROTECT IP introduced in May. The bill would give the government broad powers to take down websites, seize domains and compel search engines from indexing these properties.
Little more than a request from copyright holders is necessary.
According to the Beta News, it’s essentially guilty-until-proven-innocent legislation that would punish the many for the sins of the few, while disrupting the fundamental attributes that made the Internet so successful and empowered so many individuals or businesses to accomplish so much.
Go Daddy had worked with Congress on the bill, last week suddenly doing a turnabout — and like Netflix in response to customer outrage. “Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ currently working its way through US Congress”, according to a December 23 press release.
That’s quite a bit different from “Go Daddy’s position on SOPA“, which posted to the registrar’s support site a day earlier but was later replaced with: “We’ve listened to our customers. Go Daddy is no longer supporting the SOPA legislation”.
In midsummer, Netflix raised prices and later proposed splitting into two companies. Following customer outrage, which included thousands of departures, Netflix nixed the split but not the price hike.
Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia tweeted saying GoDaddy’s stance on SOPA is unacceptable to the web service.
Even though GoDaddy has retracted their position on the matter, they’re still facing a lot of criticism.
Go Daddy is a primary domain server, with more than 32,000,000.
Early this afternoon, domaincontrol.com is among the three most active, with 22,542 domains transferred out just today and just 30,090 new ones or transfers in, according to DomainTools Daily Changes.
Go Daddy’s turnabout doesn’t satisfy some customers, as the proposed boycott shows.
Go Daddy’s problem is more one of perception than meaningful customer losses. That said, domain prices go up everywhere next month. So time is right for a surge in new domain registrations or transfers, and that could work against Go Daddy.
Despite the public reversal in a press release, Dump GoDaddy Day is quickly spreading among the Reddit community.
The domain registrar reportedly lost 20,000 accounts in a single day following the SOPA outcry, but only time will tell how many accounts they will lose.