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December 23rd, 2011

GoDaddy Backs SOPA

Website hosting company GoDaddy has officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012, which is designed to thwart movie and music piracy on the Internet by empowering copyright holders to effectively shut down websites or online services found with infringing material.

If passed, the U.S. government could blacklist any website it deems in violation of copyright, which could range from a few posts in a Web forum to a few links sent in an e-mail. Furthermore, a little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could make it illegal to distribute Tor or other software that can "circumvent" attempts by the U.S. government to block pirate Web sites. link

GoDaddy supports SOPA for 'protecting the intellectual property of hard-working Americans, U.S. business and the American public from the harm that necessarily flows from the purchase of counterfeit products.' Yet, of the 142 companies that support the SOPA bill, GoDaddy is the only Internet company on the list.

Some people started boycotting GoDaddy earlier in 2011 when their CEO, Bob Parsons, went to Africa to get his rocks off killing an elephant for sport. (I agree with cybernanga's comment: "I'm not anti-hunting, but I am anti-hunting endangered animals, especially if there is no cultural norms involved, and I am definitely anti-hunting if your sole motivation is just to kill something for fun."); however, backing SOPA is unforgivable.

I have many domains at Go Daddy, which I will NOT be renewing when they expire and will take my business elsewhere. There is a boycott forming at this time... read more



And oh, yeah -- happy Festivus!




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