GoDaddy stops supporting SOPA for PR

The Internet exploded on domain registrar GoDaddy yesterday. It received the magnifying focus of the Internet in general when its support of SOPA became headline news.

Starting with a thread on Reddit where an individual highlighted GoDaddy’s support of SOPA and stated his plan to transfer his 51 domains elsewhere as a result, the escalation grew from the Reddit community to the tech community in general. CEO of the Cheezburger network, Ben Huh, also threatened to move his 1,000 domains elsewhere if GoDaddy didn’t change its tune. As most tech-savvy individuals oppose the media-company crafted SOPA, GoDaddy was in a bad spot since most of its customers would also belong in that base camp.

GoDaddy’s initial response yesterday was to repeat an earlier press release it provided stating its support of SOPA and the need to stop piracy for the sake of American jobs. Today, it has changed its tune with a press release announcing its change of heart. It seems like the decision was made more with the almighty dollar in mind than its customers’ opinions or the ideological correct choice but a win’s a win, right?

Today’s press release follows.

Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA

Looks to Internet Community & Fellow Tech Leaders to Develop Legislation We All Support

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 23, 2011) – 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.

Congrats, Internet. You got one company to change its tune. Now, if we can get the federal government to follow suit. There is a petition on with 40,000+ signatures asking the Obama administration to veto SOPA or any other similar legislation that may pass.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 23, 2011  |  No Comment

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