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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    Jay (profile), 23 Dec 2011 @ 11:30am

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    GoDaddy (and other companies) should not be subject of boycotts for having an opinion and working with it.

    Funny, their customers will feel the effects of SOPA, they decide to move their domains in protest, and this is bad because GoDaddy's customers understand this legislation is vague and ineffective against piracy?

    You have the choice not to do business with them, but pressuring others to not do business with them as well based solely on their stand against piracy is just not right.

    Their customers understand that they have no reason to do business with GoDaddy because they will lose out in the long run. The piracy problem doesn't factor into the larger problem of affecting smaller businesses without the funds to fight one sided legislation.

    What these actions did was force GoDaddy to publicly change their position, even though their support for SOPA was well stated before. They aren't changing because they "saw the light", they are changing to stop you guys from trying to destroy their business.

    I guess you don't see how public opinion is against SOPA. There are very few people that like SOPA after reading up on it. GoDaddy is learning that their customers are more than willing to drop them like a bad habit if they go against them. Most people could care less about piracy. They value their platforms of expression, due process, and right to privacy. SOPA invades on that.

    Now, find someone that can justify SOPA who isn't paying for the legislation. By all means, don't take too long.

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