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 Coward, 23 Dec 2011 @ 12:06pm

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    "Jackbooted thugs couldn't do a better job."

    Are you going to do business with Techdirt? You're forcing them to change their position by not doing so. Are you a Techdirt Insider? NO? You're a Jackbooted thug. Give your money to the EFF or the pirate party and buy something from them or else you're a Jackbooted thug!!!! You thug, not even doing business with Techdirt and giving them your money as an attempt to make them change their position!!! HOW DARE YOU!!! And you're a freetard, you get their bandwidth and services for free!!!!

    Free speech is not about preventing boycotts against companies that support socially unpopular causes and positions, they're about enabling them. Free speech is about enacting change and giving everyone the power to do so.

    The only thing that's a violation of my free speech are government granted broadcasting and cableco monopolies that enable self interested monopoly gatekeepers to abuse their monopoly power to brainwash the population into subscribing to their self interested, pro-IP, viewpoints while censoring any criticisms. and that's what we have today and broadcasting and cableco monopolies should be abolished.

    Free speech is about not allowing the government to use its power to dissuade, curtail, or direct public speech and opinions. Cableco and broadcasting monopolies do just that. They should be abolished.

    GoDaddy is not entitled to anyone's business so not doing business with them because I don't support their actions or positions is not immoral. It's little different than avoiding doing business with businesses that unnecessarily pollute the environment (and encouraging others to do the same). No one, no government, is forcing GoDaddy to change its position, but no one should force anyone to do business with them either.

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