Domain Registrar Go Daddy has lost more than 70,000 domains after it was announced the company supports the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
SOPA is a bill currently trying to be passed by Congress that would expand the U.S. law enforcement and copyright holder’s ability to fight online copyrighted products and counterfeit goods. Many are against the bill because it has harsh penalties for websites if any copyright infringement is found, and even for those who link to any site with copyright infringement on it.
Go Daddy lost 21,054 domains on one day alone, and website Wikipedia has also left Go Daddy.
Go Daddy has now changed their stance on SOPA. They now oppose the bill and have said the are now more aware of its implications. However, whether this statement is genuine or not is unknown.
Prior to this change in stance, not only was Go Daddy a supporter, but they had actually helped create part of the bill and even were exempt from it. This would’ve allowed Go Daddy to have a get out of jail free card, while smaller sites would be targeted for pirating.