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Brian Clapper, bmc@clapper.org

GoDaddy has lost my business

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It was bad enough when GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killed an elephant. Many people decided to walk away from GoDaddy then, in protest. I did not transfer my domains at that time, preferring to wait until they expired, to conserve my cash flow. Plus, I will admit, I am not a fan of PETA. I don’t like PETA’s radical stance, and I have heard and read more than enough from Ingrid Newkirk and Dan Mathews. PETA’s response to Parsons’ elephant hunt was to organize a boycott of GoDaddy, and I dislike PETA enough that I have a knee- jerk, irrational reaction against participating in anything they sanction.

That said, however, Parsons’ explanation of his elephant hunt smacks of spin. His grand safari, and his politician-like response to the outcry, planted the seed of discontent.

GoDaddy’s most recent actions have caused that seed to sprout.

On December 21, 2011, Gizmodo published the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s list of supporters of H.R. 3251, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

GoDaddy is on that list. GoDaddy supports SOPA.

SOPA is a very bad piece of legislation for the Internet. To understand precisely how bad it is, read some of the following articles:

GoDaddy’s support for SOPA was the last straw for me. Today, I initiated the transfer of all domains under my control (both personal and business), from GoDaddy to another registrar. Like so many others on the Internet, I’m voting with my wallet.

GoDaddy will no longer get any of my business.

Update, December 23, 2011 GoDaddy has reversed course. In a flurry of disingenuous backpedaling, Warren Adelman, GoDaddy’s CEO, said:

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.

As Gizmodo’s Casey Chan put it, “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.”

However, while I’m delighted that GoDaddy is responding to the pressure, I don’t trust that this reversal is anything more than panic and politics. I doubt that they have really realized the error of their ways. As Lauren Weinstein puts it:

Do not be fooled. Make no mistake about their motives. They’re not suddenly against the censorship principles of SOPA: “Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.” There is no indication whatsoever that they have had a fundamental change of heart.

I’m still not giving that sleazeball company any more of my money. My domains are on their way to another registrar.

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