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On Eve of Net Boycott, Dump GoDaddy Exodus Begins

Godaddy Boycott
It’s a boycott of viral proportions.

GoDaddy.com, one of the largest domain registrars on the Internet, stands to potentially lose thousands of customers on Thursday, Dec. 29, after the company gave and then repealed its support for a controversial bill before Congress that many fear could heavily restrict the web.

On the eve of what has been dubbed “Dump Go Daddy Day,” imgur.com — pronounced “imager,” it’s one of the largest image hosting sites in the world, responsible for an astonishing 28 terabytes of bandwidth and nearly 200 million page views today alone — has already changed its registry entries, foreshadowing the potential negative effect of a boycott set to begin Thursday morning.

GoDaddy.com originally supported the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — which opponents say will hinder free speech and infringe on first amendment rights — but quickly recanted its position when the call of a boycott circulated.

“The outcry kind of forced our hand,” imgur founder and owner Alan Schaaf told FoxNews.com. “I’m against the SOPA act and imgur as a company is against it. We just feel it is terrible that GoDaddy.com would support this legislation.”

SOPA would make websites responsible for illegal copyright content uploaded by any user, making it difficult if not impossible for companies like Imgur, YouTube, and Facebook to operate.

“If SOPA were to pass, Imgur would not be able to exist,” Schaaf said, “We survive on user-generated content. It would be impossible for us to police the amount of traffic we get for what is or isn’t copyrighted material. It’s just not possible.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/28/on

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According to NameCheap, GoDaddy is obstructing domain transfers out by supplying incomplete WHOIS data

We wanted to give our customers a quick update on the status of domain transfers associated with one of our competitors, GoDaddy.

First, we’re very sorry that some of you in the past 24 hours have experienced delays in transferring domains over to us.

As many customers have recently complained of transfer issues, we suspect that this competitor is thwarting efforts to transfer domains away from them.

Specifically, GoDaddy appears to be returning incomplete WHOIS information to Namecheap, delaying the transfer process. This practice is against ICANN rules.

Read more: http://community.namecheap.com/blog/2011/12/26

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GoDaddy now requires written authorization to move domains. Report this to ICANN!

Contact ICANN here: http://www.icann.org/en/contact/

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GoDaddy has NOT withdrawn its official congressional support for SOPA

In a brief interview with TechCrunch, GoDaddy’s new CEO, Warren Adelman, did a little damage control relating to the company’s highly public reversal of its position on SOPA. GoDaddy had previously issued a strong statement of support for the controversial bill, which you can find here. The last day has seen a growing grassroots rejection of the company and its position in the form of a boycott (this Reddit thread has much related info). But today brought a statement from the company apparently doing a complete about-face.

Adelman noted that he had “been CEO of this company for all of one week,” and that the complaints and feedback had grown just over the last 24 hours, and it is during this time that he became involved. He said that the feedback made him realize they should “take a step back and look at the current legislation.” Of course, the outcry against SOPA and its twin in the Senate goes back much further.

I suggested it was easy to say they should take a step back, but that they had in fact already demonstrated strong support on the record for nearly every provision in the bill. Adelman declined to address this, saying he “can’t comment on the history of it up to this point.” When I asked whether the company still thinks the objections raised to SOPA are “unfounded,” he said that “there are others that need to voice their advocacy positions,” presumably alluding to the fact that testimony by experts and internet luminaries has been scarce.

Adelman couldn’t commit to changing its position on the record in Congress when asked about that, but said “I’ll take that back to our legislative guys, but I agree that’s an important step.” But when pressed, he said “We’re going to step back and let others take leadership roles.” He felt that the public statement removing their support would be sufficient for now, though further steps would be considered.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/23/godaddy-ceo-there-has-to

Fun fact: GoDaddy lost 72,354 domains this week. It’s not enough. Transfer your domain names and hosting over their support of SOPA.
http://www.techi.com/2011/12/godaddy-lost-72354-domains-this-week

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GoDaddy supports SOPA, I’m transferring 51 domains & suggesting a move your domain day

So Godaddy.com supports SOPA. An act that will pretty much censor and shut down the internet.

I just finished writing GoDaddy a letter stating why I’m moving my small businesses 51 domains away from them, as well as my personal domains. I also pointed out that I transferred over 300 domains to them as a director of IT for a major American company.

I’m suggesting Dec 29th as move your domain away from GoDaddy day because of their support of SOPA. Who’s with me?

Read more:
http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/nmnie/godaddy_supports_sopa

Godaddy’s support of SOPA:
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/11/15/here-is-godaddys-statement

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