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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    LC (profile), 26 Dec 2011 @ 6:32pm


    They likely still secretly support it but are only doing this as a PR exercise in order to reduce the number of users they're bleeding (37,000+ last I heard) and in order to stop Drop your GoDaddy Domain Day. Do not be surprised when it's discovered that they continued to support the bills further down the track.

    And even if they don't, you can bet their support has been paraded around by politicians who support the act. An internet company whose willing to support the bills would have significant leverage on the debate. They have to do something to make up for that. And lets not forget that the legislation they've been supporting would end up turning many of those who use their service into criminals. By supporting these acts, they demonstrated they were willing to betray their own customers. If they truly are against it, they will donate a sizable amount of money to spread public awareness of SOPA/PIPA and to support the campaigns of politicians who have or will vote against the laws. Then and only then will I believe them.

    Until that happens, I would ask that anyone whose threatened to walk away from them to make good on their threat, and those who have walked away continue to make good on it. Actions speak louder than words (that goes to both those who threatened to jump ship and GoDaddy themselves). If GoDaddy goes under because of this, imagine the message it will give to other supporters of the act.

    I'm happy my employers don't use GoDaddy to host their domains.

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