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Friday
Dec232011

Go Daddy Supports SOPA - I'm Joining the Boycott

I was a Go Daddy customer, but not anymore.  Why? Because Go Daddy is a strong supporter for SOPA.  In a nutshell, SOPA will allow both the RIAA and MPAA take down a site by messing with the DNS if it even suspect there is pirated or copyright infringing content on the site without due process.  SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) may sound good for the non-techies because they don't realize how it would actually work.

The problem is that we've seen instances where takedown notices were given and executed even when there were no infringing content at all!  Without due process (actually needing to take you to court to prove you were in the wrong), your website can get canned, which means you're out of business, just like THAT.

Either way, you can read more about SOPA at Wikipedia.

Of course, just a mere 30 minutes ago as of this writing, Go Daddy decided to back away from their stance.  Unfortunately, their previously strongly worded statement about why they supported SOPA leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Apparently, Wikipedia, who used Go Daddy, already switched.  So have I.

The way I see it, the only reason why Go Daddy changed stance is because of the boycott.  I'm sure they still feel strongly about SOPA.  What does this mean?  It means they're collective mentality is still not in the right place.

If you are using Go Daddy for your domains, consider Go Daddy's stance on SOPA.

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