Domain registrar Go Daddy ‘s support for SOPA the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (currently working its way through U.S. Congress) last week eventually led to the burst out from dissatisfied customers. The company faced accusations of purposefully slowing down domain transfers, and the customers started to look out for other options.
Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh announced that he’d be taking his 1,000+ domains elsewhere if GoDaddy continued to support the act. Thousands of Redditors also pledged to transfer their domains.
The Company released a statement stating: “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,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “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 a company that is all about innovation, with our own technology and in support of our customers, Go Daddy is rooted in the idea of First Amendment Rights and believes 100 percent that the Internet is a key engine for our new economy,” he added.
But Shortly after Dec 29th was aptly named “Dump GoDaddy” day, the Company released a fresh statement.
The Company’s Press:
‘we don’t just ‘not support SOPA,’ Go Daddy OPPOSES SOPA.
“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,” said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. “Go Daddy 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.”