GoDaddy Says It Doesn't Support PIPA Either, As Domains Keep Transferring Away

from the bye-bye dept

After GoDaddy made its very public announcement that it no longer supports SOPA, after being a very vocal supporter (despite the fact that it almost certainly violated the original version of the law), many have doubted the sincerity of the company, especially since it confined its remarks to SOPA. So after getting some more pressure, the company put out a separate clarifying statement that it doesn't support PIPA (PROTECT IP) either.

Still, there are plenty of people who don't buy it. It didn't help that the company's new CEO (though he's been at the company in other roles for a while) gave a really weak answer, when pressed on the company's level of support, suggesting that it may have just stepped back from publicly supporting the bills, but hasn't actually switched its full position:
Adelman couldn’t commit to changing its position on the record in Congress when asked about that, but said “I’ll take that back to our legislative guys, but I agree that’s an important step.” But when pressed, he said “We’re going to step back and let others take leadership roles.” He felt that the public statement removing their support would be sufficient for now, though further steps would be considered.
Either way, it appears people keep on transferring domains. Before the talk of a boycott happened on Thursday, it looked like GoDaddy was losing about 13,000 to 15,000 domains a day anyway. Then, on Friday, when people started transferring en masse, it jumped to 21,054. On Christmas Day, it looks like another 22,542 transferred out, so it doesn't look like people are all that mollified by the public change in position. Another 26,032 were "deleted," according to DailyChanges. And, remember, the "official" day that people had talked about for everyone to transfer their domains wasn't until Thursday, December 29th, so all of this was happening before the "big day." Who knows if the statements are enough to calm people down. For what it's worth, plenty of people are still registering new domains with GoDaddy and transferring them in, but the transfers out and deletions definitely outweigh the new registrations and transfers in. It was definitely enough activity to make GoDaddy realize it was going to be in trouble if it didn't change its position.

Filed Under: domains, pipa, protect ip, sopa, transfers
Companies: godaddy

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Dec 2011 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "The old "chilling effect" comes into play. While GoDaddy still has their free speech rights intact in theory, in reality they are NOT using them because certain people feel the need to take vengeance on them for not agreeing with their stand on SOPA.

    Basically, Go Daddy was told "change your opinion or suffer!".

    That really isn't very positive for free speech, si it?"

    GoDaddy's right to free speech has NOT been removed or taken away. There is no "intact in theory". It's intact and has remained so.

    People are not taking vengeance on them, people just don't agree with their views and are boycotting them in accordance with consumer rights. It'd be like Nike having the choice to have their shoes made in illegal sweatshops by children. They can (and have in the past) do that. That's their business. I have the right to say I don't approve of that, as such I'll take my business elsewhere (Converse, for example).

    GoDaddy wasn't told "change your opinion or suffer". Heck, if anything GoDaddy did that themselves. GoDaddy was made aware of a boycott, scoffed at it, further defended their stance, then after the fact changed it and started further worsening the situation by blocking attempts to leave and essentially begging people to stay. All the while leaving their position in regards to SOPA up in the air, claiming one thing but making it's meaning ambiguous.

    If anything, this only reaffirms a positive in regards to free speech. The corporations and people have the right to say and support what they want (with the obvious exceptions "fire" in a crowded theater and whatnot). But, you may face consequences for what you say.

    I find it amusing, that YOU of all people are b*tching about free speech abuse WHILE openly advocating for and supporting measures like SOPA. A bit of a hypocrite aren't you?

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