Copyright Fight Over GoDaddy CEO Shooting An Elephant?

from the are-you-serious? dept

You may have heard all of the hubbub about GoDaddy’s CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant and putting the video online. Honestly, given the timing (right before April 1st), I had wondered if the whole thing wasn’t an April Fools joke. Parsons is known for crazy media stunts — the more controversial the better — so I didn’t pay that much attention to the whole thing. But now it’s getting into areas that we regularly discuss around here: copyright infringement. The video is being reproduced and shown in a bunch of places… and apparently Parsons is threatening people with copyright infringement claims. He’s hired BayTSP, one of the companies known for tracking infringement online and sending out legal nastygrams on behalf of clients. The thing is, in most of these cases, people reposting the video almost certainly have a strong fair use claim to using the video for commentary purposes, and the video itself is newsworthy. Part of me actually wonders if these copyright claims are just Parsons trying to stretch the longevity of the controversy a bit more.

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coldbrew says:

Parsons is one of those people that I would like to see tied down and punched in the face repeatedly while asking, “Do you want another domain?”

Godaddy seems to believe people are still trying to buy domains all_the_fucking_time and don’t just want to manage their nameservers efficiently and without a bunch of other crap in their UI.

James Carmichael (profile) says:

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“Parsons is one of those people that I would like to see tied down and punched in the face repeatedly while asking, “Do you want another domain?””

Hahaha I would pay to see that. We could definitely try to put a spin on it as if it’s a ‘humanitarian mission’.

I’m a web developer, and GoDaddy is pretty much the anti-christ. Every single page, every single DIV on their website is optimized to try to suck as much money from you as possible, with a total disregard to ethical user interface. I usually recommend my clients to stay away from them, unfortunately their marketing department was given way, way too much money and I’m assuming a LOT of crack cocaine as well.

Anyways, great job killing an elephant, Parsons. It proves you have really good aim.

James Carmichael (profile) says:

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When I started out a few years ago I tried GoDaddy because it was the one I heard about the most (again, say what you want about them, but they have aggressive advertising). Then I discovered much better options. I personally use HostPapa now, but I’ve used HostMonster in the past, and there are TONS of similar companies (BlueHost is another one). $6 or so per month for unlimited shared hosting, and it includes a free domain which they renew for free for you. It’s a no brainer, and they use Linux with Control Panel, PHP/SQL one-click CMS installs… a web dev’s dream. HostPapa just happens to be Canadian and I often need to get .ca domains for clients, something other companies can’t always do for you if they’re American. I still need a GoDaddy account since a lot of my clients buy their hosting before getting in touch with me, so I have to access their accounts to transfer permissions, setup databases or FTP permissions, etc.

coldbrew says:

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I don’t think anyone should register their domains and host with the same company. These functions (i.e. registration >> hosting) should be separated. Every developer I know thinks this way. I would never let anyone host and register at the same company.

Registrars are for good DNS management. That’s it. SOmebody is gonna figure this out and win the whole game. GOdaddy is sketchy looking.

misterdoug (profile) says:

Mike, I think you hit the nail on the head

Part of me actually wonders if these copyright claims are just Parsons trying to stretch the longevity of the controversy a bit more.

DING! Bob Parsons is in many ways one hell of a guy. Years ago he and his wife started Parsons Software, a kitchen table business that sold bible-study and church accounting software. Their advertising featured the two of them formally dressed sitting at the table in their home amidst Early American furniture. It looked like a still from a Trinity Broadcasting show. Now years later Bob’s a multi-zillionnaire bachelor guy with a shaved head and an earring. If you go on GoDaddy and watch some of his videos about how to achieve business success, you’ll see that he’s a very good self-promoter and a charismatic guy who seems to know what he’s doing. I expect he’ll shrug this off with a smile, and a wiggly hot babe on his arm.

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