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UPDATE (12/30): Namecheap has finished their campaign after raising over $64,000 for EFF. However, you can still transfer domains and automatically donate to EFF by using Gandi, Centuric, or Suspicious Networks - see below for details. When the well-known domain name registrar Go Daddy threw its support behind the Stop Online Piracy Act, it led to a PR disaster: Internet users rebelled against the registrar, and called for Go Daddy customers to transfer their domains . In response to the boycott Go Daddy has switched their position , but some companies are deciding to take a stance against the Internet blacklist legislation . In a day of action scheduled for December 29 th , these companies are publicly protesting the scary legislation that endangers our Internet infrastructure and threatens online free expression in the name of combating so-called rogue websites.
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Although GoDaddy’s new CEO, Warren Adelman, no longer supports SOPA (after supporting it ), a mass movement ( of critics is gathering pace. Adelman notes he is now taking a step back to “look at the current legislation.” Meanwhile the crowd has other ideas. Hence the appearance of Byedaddy.org where you can now handily check if a domain is registered with GoDaddy. Let’s just see… so it looks like wikipedia.org and wikibooks.org is still among them. Will we see ByeWikipedia.org appear?
Last week, Internet domain outfit GoDaddy.com announced that it was no longer supporting the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) . Apparently, the company went into a damage control mode after being subject to a series of protests by the users for its controversial stand on the SOPA issue. But, now it seems like the damage had already been done. According to a new reports, the last two weekdays in the previous week witnessed over 37,000 domains moving out of GoDaddy.com - so much to pay for voicing its support for the infamous act!
Godaddy no support to SOPA?
Written on Dec 23, 2011 Author Brian LaRue | ♻ Retweet ADOTAS – There’s been a tremendous amount of ramalama over the past two days surrounding SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act ), ever since the U.S.
Update (1:59 p.m.): A little over 24-hours after Reddit launched its boycott threat, Go Daddy cancelled on its commitment to SOPA . Original Post: As anybody who's visited the site will admit, the power of the Reddit crowd is impressive if it's on your side, but you don't want to get on Reddit's bad side. Just ask the bean counters at Go Daddy. Since the domain registrar voiced support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Go Daddy's lost a lot of fans -- not that they had many fans to begin with, some would argue -- largely because Reddit decided to launch a boycott campaign.
December 22, 2011 07:01pm EST Action on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has stalled for the year, but those opposed to it are gearing up to target those in support of the controversial legislation—particularly GoDaddy. A Reddit user is calling on those with GoDaddy domains to move them elsewhere on Dec. 29; Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh has already pledged to make the move. "We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/12/Screen-Shot-2011-12-22-at-2.58.13-PM-660x306.png" alt="" title="SOPA Bill" width="660" height="306" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-35241" /> Major Internet companies have formed a united front in their opposition to the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. Well, almost. One exception has been the domain registrar GoDaddy.
Major Internet companies have formed a united front in their opposition to the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. Well, almost. One exception has been the domain registrar GoDaddy.
The protests against the pending Stop Online Piracy Act continues. After a list of all supporters was published yesterday, opponents are now trying to find ways to voice their concerns directly to these companies. A few hours ago Reddit user selfprodigy started the following thread .
At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways . Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes, SOPA would makes it really easy for copyright holders to force sites offline that they think are offending, among other things. While the judiciary vote has been delayed until next year, the list revealing the companies who support the act was released yesterday, and many startups, such as Reddit, have begun to drill down into boycotts of individual companies like domain provider GoDaddy. The company boycotts have sparked a thread on Hacker News, where user Solipsist posted a link to the list with the comment, “While I understand your sentiments towards SOPA, are you really going to distance yourself from all of these companies?” To which YCombinator founder and investor Paul Graham replied, “Actually that’s exactly what I thought when I saw the list yesterday.
And the anti-SOPA rallying of the tech world’s best continues. Just minutes after Ycombinator’s Paul Graham disclosed that SOPA-friendly companies would be blacklisted from the YC Demo Day , Cheezburger (as in I Can Has Cheeseburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, etc.) CEO Ben Huh has announced that they will be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act. Will Huh’s threat be enough to make GoDaddy back down? Probably not: GoDaddy is a company with plenty of controversies under its belt, so they’re more than used to taking a bit of heat. With that said, it will raise awareness to the fact that taking your domains (and thus your money) elsewhere is a totally legitimate form of protest — in fact, Huh’s tweet just reminded me that I have (make that had) 2 domains sitting in GoDaddy’s yard.
Go Daddy Supports E-PARASITE Legislation Even Though Its Own Site Is Dedicated To Theft Of Property Under Terms Of The BillThe supporters of the new E-PARASITE Act (the even worse version of the already dreadful PROTECT IP) have been pretty desperate trying to find any "tech" companies to support these bills. It's kind of amusing that the only ones they've been able to turn up so far have been some of the most hated companies around among techies. First, they had Monster Cable go to Congress in support of the bill, without even realizing that in Monster Cable's view, "sites dedicated to piracy" would include eBay, Craigslist, Sears and Costco , among others -- basically proving the point that the broad private right to action in the bill would be massively abused. Their latest attempt to roll out a "tech company" supporting these bills is equally hated and equally laughable.
Here is the statement Godaddy filed with the House: Background First, let me thank Chairman Smith for the opportunity to provide a written statement in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act and on the critical issue of combating illegal activity on the Internet.
Follow these step-by-step directions to transfer all of your domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap. I’m Boycotting GoDaddy because they are pro-SOPA . [edit: apparently GoDaddy changed their stance according to TechCrunch ]