by Mike Masnick

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boycott, pipa, protect ip, public, sopa


Breaking: GoDaddy Drops SOPA Support

from the wow dept

As the public backlash continued to grow -- and GoDaddy's support of it seemed entirely tone deaf to what people were saying -- you knew something had to break eventually. GoDaddy has just announced that it no longer supports SOPA. From the press release they just sent, they say they'll only support future version of the bill if the internet community supports it too:
Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress.

"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation -- but we can clearly do better," Warren Adelman, Go Daddy's newly appointed CEO, said. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

Go Daddy and its General Counsel, Christine Jones, have worked with federal lawmakers for months to help craft revisions to legislation first introduced some three years ago. Jones has fought to express the concerns of the entire Internet community and to improve the bill by proposing changes to key defined terms, limitations on DNS filtering to ensure the integrity of the Internet, more significant consequences for frivolous claims, and specific provisions to protect free speech.

"As a company that is all about innovation, with our own technology and in support of our customers, Go Daddy is rooted in the idea of First Amendment Rights and believes 100 percent that the Internet is a key engine for our new economy," said Adelman.

In changing its position, Go Daddy remains steadfast in its promise to support security and stability of the Internet. In an effort to eliminate any confusion about its reversal on SOPA though, Jones has removed blog postings that had outlined areas of the bill Go Daddy did support.

"Go Daddy has always fought to preserve the intellectual property rights of third parties, and will continue to do so in the future," Jones said.
I would imagine that, for many, this will be too late, but as SOPA support continues to crumble, it's going to make it very difficult for Congress to claim that this bill really has much support out in the real world.

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    Anonymous, 23 Dec 2011 @ 4:31pm

    B.S. ALERT!!!!!

    GoDaddy's CEO released a statement saying his company isn't firmly against the bill(s) even saying the "internet leadership" doesn't have a "consensus" for or against SOPA when it clearly does have a consensus against it.

    Christine Jones testimony to Congress supported the legislation and there's been no retraction. She has bragged about how her company shut down thousands of domain names without the government's involvement: 30,000+ domain names in 2010 alone. They've repeatedly shown how much they don't care about their customer's ability to remove UGC with a scalpel and they just nuke entire sites. They notoriously shut down in 2007 because a list of some MySpace users passwords were posted to one of the many security lists it archives, ignoring the fact the list was elsewhere anyway and the owner of seclists ability to just remove the post in question.

    IPEC Deputy Andrew Kline resigned in July to be GoDaddy's chief liason to the government. GoDaddy's press release on the hire applauded how he had a hand in ICE's domain name seizures. Also in the Andrew Kline press release they claim "the Go Daddy legal team has helped create federal laws to aggressively fight intellectual property violations, protect children from online predators and shut down rogue online pharmacies."

    GoDaddy has been receiving thousands of allegedly trademark infringing domain names the courts have been seizing for Chanel, Tiffany's and more luxury brands since last summer. No matter what registrar they were at, they all get transferred to a courted owned GoDaddy account and then forwarded to pages on

    December 29th is still on. Keep up the boycott and make them feel the pain!

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