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GoDaddy bows to boycott, now ‘opposes’ SOPA copyright bill

Posted By admin On December 30, 2011 @ 3:06 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
December 30, 2011

GoDaddy, the domain register targeted by online activists in response to its enthusiasm for a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills [2], has finally denounced the legislation in response to a boycott scheduled for today.

Warren Adelman, the company’s chief executive, said today that “GoDaddy opposes SOPA,” meaning the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is facing a House of Representatives committee vote next month [3].

A GoDaddy spokeswoman confirmed to CNET this afternoon that “we oppose PIPA, as well.” That’s the Senate bill known as Protect IP, which will be debated [4] on the Senate floor January 24. (See CNET’s SOPA FAQ [2].)

The idea of boycotting GoDaddy [5] began with a protest thread on Reddit [6] and was aided by Jimmy Wales’ announcement last week that “Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy [7].” It inspired GoDaddyBoycott.org [8], which urged Internet users and companies to “boycott GoDaddy until they send a letter to Congress taking back any and all support of the House and Senate versions of the Internet censorship bill, both SOPA and PIPA.”

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[1] CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57349913-281/godaddy-bows-to-boycott-now-opposes-sopa-copyright-bill/?tag=rb_content;contentBody

[2] pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/

[3] committee vote next month: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57344469-281/sopa-vote-well-theres-always-next-year/

[4] will be debated: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57345187-281/senate-will-vote-next-month-on-protect-ip-copyright-bill/

[5] idea of boycotting GoDaddy: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57348183-93/21000-domains-transfer-out-of-go-daddy-in-1-day/

[6] protest thread on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/nmnie/godaddy_supports_sopa_im_transferring_51_domains/

[7] Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy: https://twitter.com/#!/jimmy_wales/status/150287579642740736

[8] GoDaddyBoycott.org: http://godaddyboycott.org/

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