December 29th Is Leave GoDaddy Day

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Congress pitches awful bill. Dozens of companies support awful bill. One of those companies is the reviled, asshole-ish GoDaddy. GoDaddy dismisses criticism. Internet decides it doesn't need GoDaddy. Let's do this.

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The idea of an organized GoDaddy domain walkout, prompted by lolcat baron Ben Huh and community organization on Reddit, is a damn good one. GoDaddy has already rolled its eyes at the idea of a boycott in a note to ArsTechnica:

Go Daddy has received some emails that appear to stem from the boycott prompt, but we have not seen any impact to our business.

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If you're currently doing business with GoDaddy, why don't you give them some impact on the 29th? [Atlantic Wire]

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At the risk of getting digitally lynched, doesn't the government have to do... something? If I steal the Adobe master suite from a store, that's a felony, but if I download it, it's copy write infringement?

With more and more distributed online, there are going to HAVE to be some governed laws covering businesses who - more and more - are staking their livelihood on online business. Right now, there's nothing to protect them, other than easily crackable DRM measures.

While I think this has the potential to be scary, shouldn't you agree that some steps NEED to be taken? I've read the bill, and on paper it looks mostly fair, with some extra not so much fair steps taken to drive home the point. I don't agree with punishing sites that do business with sites that promote piracy. It's not the same as harboring terrorists.

Honestly, I pirated the hell out of everything once upon a time, but things have gotten better. Software as "apps" are much more affordable, music is cheap or free depending on your Internet service. Things are getting better.I don't know, I'm off topic.