GoDaddy has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. It all started when it expressed support for the American Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) internet censorship which no one in their right mind would support, unless they have a vested interest like the RIAA/MPAA or News International (Rupert Murdoch) and especially not a company that is in the business of supporting the very infrastructure of the internet, such as a domain registrar. They initially made this surprising statement in support of SOPA: However, there was a very predictable and severe backlash from everyone that wasn't a vested interest, which would have likely resulted in GoDaddy winning the race to the bottom and going bust Real Soon Now. Therefore, GoDaddy were forced to backpedal furiously on their true feelings in this press release as a damage limitation exercise. While it appears that most of the backlash has been averted, there must still be a significant number of defections, so GoDaddy have started playing a little dirty by thwarting domain transfers to competitors. They have done this by supplying incomplete WHOIS information to those competitors, a practice that is expressly against ICANN rules. This has been claimed by competitor Namecheap in a blog post today: It's obvious that dirty tricks like this are going to be picked up very quickly by their competitors and shouted from the rooftops. This will tarnish their damaged reputation even more, so one wonders why they even bother with knee-jerk actions like this. Perhaps it was that arrow to the knee that did it?