GoDaddy Confirms SOPA Support: Dec 29 is 'Move Your Domain Day'
GoDaddy Favors Internet Censorship Bill
You would think that American web-hosting companies would be opposed internet-censorship legislation which would have them on the hook for the actions of their customers, actions that they cannot control. However, GoDaddy did not get the memo.
Indeed, GoDaddy has confirmed that it supports SOPA.
Here is GoDaddy's support statement for SOPA:
The purpose of this legislation is to target foreign sites that are stealing U.S. property. No one is arguing that the purpose is invalid or unjust. If the mechanisms by which we get there need to be tweaked, then let’s have that discussion. Let’s stop with the hyperbole and get down to the brass tacks. We need to find a way to preserve American ingenuity.
Christina Kelly's rebuttal is apt and succinct:
American ingenuity seems to be doing fine right now - if SOPA were passed, would it suddenly unleash a flood of unprecedented brilliance and innovation? I don't think that's the way it works these days.
Aside from questioning GoDaddy's rep's grasp of the term "hyperbole", take a moment to consider GoDaddy's exposure under SOPA, should the legislation pass. As one of the largest domain hosts and registrars in the world, GoDaddy could be decimated by this bill.
For a company that claims a permanent presence on Capitol Hill, one would expect GoDaddy to have a firmer grasp on what SOPA really is, and what it does.
Move Your Domain Day
If you host your web site or services with GoDaddy, there are alternatives. Reddit users have proposed December 29 as Move Your Domain Day, and various redditors are recommending alternatives.