Thursday, December 29th 2011

The GoDaddy Boycott: It Worked

The GoDaddy boycott over their support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation, which took effect today, appears to have worked. The initial fallout over GoDaddy's support for it, resulted in a furious backpedal and then a bit of dirty tricks to stop customers leaving. However, this backpedal stopped short of actually criticising it. The boycott, called by a user on Reddit and aided by Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, appears to have focused GoDaddy's mind on what's right and what's wrong. They have finally given us that criticism of SOPA that they should have made in the first place, as CEO Warren Adelman, said in this statement:
We have observed a spike in domain name transfers, which are running above normal rates and which we attribute to GoDaddy's prior support for SOPA, which was reversed. GoDaddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.
Yes, so there you have it, they've 'changed their mind' simply because they've lost customers, not really because they've seen the error of their ways. Eating so much humble pie must have been quite humiliating for them. Now, contrast this with their initial statement supporting SOPA:
This bill cannot reasonably be equated with censorship. This bill promotes action pursuant to preexisting criminal and civil laws. Not only is there no First Amendment concern, but the notion that we should turn a blind eye to criminal conduct because other countries may take oppressive steps in response is an affront to the very fabric of this nation.
Quite a U-turn, isn't it? This is another fine example of the power of the internet, which companies ignore at their own peril.

There's lots more detail on this story over at c|net.
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newtekie1 said:
Nope, banks often sell foreclosed homes to companies they are associated with. Honestly, I don't see GoDaddy at any fault in this situation. The person should have kept their domain up to date, and GoDaddy gives plenty of warning it is going to expire. I just recently had a domain with them that I didn't want anymore because the company went out of business and GoDaddy sent me an email 6 months before it expired, 1 month before it expired, 2 weeks before, and 1 week before. So if it expires it is no ones fault but your own.
You should inquire how much it would cost to get the domain name back. It likely isn't the $10/year (or whatever it was) it started out as.
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