SOPA Opera

Reddit Campaign Takes Off: Punish GoDaddy for Supporting SOPA By Transferring Your Domains

A post submitted just six hours ago has already hit the top of Reddit with 1,927 comments and (quickly) counting. In it, a user who goes by the pseudonym self-prodigy claims to be an IT director for a major American company, and urges his/her fellow Redditors to declare December 29th the day to transfer domains away from GoDaddy as a sign of protest against the company’s support the Stop Online Privacy Act.

According to the post, self-prodigy claims to have already transferred 51 personal domains and 300 professional ones in his/her capacity as IT director. Go Daddy, the perpetrator of those tacky spokesbabe Superbowl ads, has more than 50 million domain names under management, and is currently largest domain name registrar worldwide.

GoDaddy previously released a statement supporting SOPA before the House started hearings on the act, near-universally loathed by Internet natives. Despite the fact that GoDaddy opens itself up to potential liability under SOPA, the company writes that, “Go Daddy has a long history of supporting federal legislation directed toward combating illegal conduct on the Internet.”

As self-prodigy notes, the call for action has already gotten attention beyond just Reddit. Today, GoDaddy posted its statement of SOPA support dated October 28, 2011 in response to customers asking about the company’s position. In bold font just above the statement, the company writes, “Online copyright laws won’t prevent a flourishing Internet.” Sorry, dudes, bolding it doesn’t make it true.

The post also garnered interest from competing domain registrars including Name.com and HostGator, which offered discount codes under the name NODADDY and NOSOPA. I believe this is what they talk about when they talk about the free market.

UPDATE: Note from the field, CheezBurger Nation CEO Ben Huh, tweeted out, “We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA. We love you guys, but #SOPA-is-cancer to the Free Web.”

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Comments

  1. Hello betabeat! I think I should start a company using the name StopMommy, I am just kidding. The publicity that GoDaddy gets because of their unsatisfied customers are really hitting the roof. I don’t know if publicity  creates more customers for GoDaddy but I do hope that they will change their ways. Maybe I should call StopMommy to discipline GoDaddy.