Failures

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
boycott, pipa, protect ip, public, sopa

Companies:
godaddy



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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    PaulT (profile), 24 Dec 2011 @ 8:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Seems they don't get a whole lot of free speech."

    Seems to me like you don't "get" what freedom of speech is.

    GoDaddy have exactly the same right to free speech as any of its customers. They can say whatever they wish. However, they don't have a right to profit from said speech, nor can they force customer to stay with them if they wish to go elsewhere.

    Similarly, consumers can do business with whoever they wish. If a customer feels that GoDaddy's stance on this issue is damaging to them, or the internet as a whole, they are equally free to take their money elsewhere. In the same way as Lowes' customers are free to shop elsewhere if they disagree with their support of xenophobic bigots, or customers of Google can stop using their search engine they disagree with their stance on piracy issues.

    Freedom of speech does not mean that you have freedom from the consequences of said speech.

    "they better shut the fuck up or get run out of business."

    It's a shame, however unsurprising, that you appear to equate the exercise of consumer rights with some kind of threat. You do seem to have great difficulty in grasping that a company can only dictate its terms of business while customers agree. Go too far against its own clients' wishes, and they lose money. This is how a free market works, deal with it.

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