GoDaddy Changes Its Mind on Supporting That Evil SOPA Legislation

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Wow, GoDaddy finally does the right thing. After initially defending their stance, they've just announced that they're no longer supporting the awful, anti-internet bill known as SOPA because though 'fighting' online piracy is important, GoDaddy feels they "can clearly do better". Maybe they were scared off by Leave GoDaddy Day?


Warren Adelman, GoDaddy's CEO, explains the company's reasoning for ditching SOPA:

"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. 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."

They probably did it because Ben Huh threatened to pull more than 1000 I Can Haz Cheeseburger domains from the service, but If a sleazeball company like GoDaddy can ditch SOPA because of pressure from the Internet, you bet other companies currently supporting SOPA will cave too. Let yourself be heard and let's freaking kill this bill.


I think that people should still jump from the GoDaddy and move to other services, even if GoDaddy pulled a fast one. Reasons why:

1) They won't be so honest to admit that their customer feedback (and the threat of their lost business) was a big part of the decision. That's the worst kind of individual—and company—to deal with: one that won't admit mistakes and errors in judgment. I have loads more respect for a company that admits they are imperfect and go the distance to make things right, instead of one who claims to be infallible and deflects their accountability onto others.

2) GoDaddy sucks anyway. There are so many reasons why I moved my domains from them years ago, and moving your domain as part of this payback just means that your move won't simply make sense for you as a customer, but it will carry the "screw you" effect that often eludes us as consumers when we choose to take our business elsewhere.

I would love to see companies like this wither and die. Please, ICanHasCheezburger, Wikipedia, etc...still pull your domains to show that there are serious, real consequences for low-blow tactics like these.