GoDaddy hit with boycott over SOPA support [Update]

The Stop Online Piracy Act has been met with its fair share of controversy. The bill has sparked outrage in internet communities campaigning against censorship. Now, domain registrar GoDaddy has publicly declared its support, with its name listed among the numerous companies backing the bill.

A thread on Reddit has called for a boycott of all of GoDaddy's services. "I'm moving my small businesses 51 domains away from them, as well as my personal domains," selfprodigy writes, "I'm suggesting Dec 29th as move your domain away from GoDaddy day because of their support of SOPA. Who's with me?"

The thread has currently received over 4000 upvotes, making it one of the highest rated threads in the Politics subreddit of all time. Businesses have begun to take notice. Name.com is offering 10% of transfer ins and 40% of hosting packages when the promo code "NODADDY" is used. HostGator is also offering 50% off selected services for the first month when the code "NOSOPA" is used.

Requests for comments from GoDaddy have been met with links to their official statement. "Go Daddy is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that the Internet is a safe and trustworthy way to communicate and conduct business," the statement reads, "although we believe that the DMCA works well in some contexts, its remedies are limited in that it does not include mechanisms for addressing trademark infringement, or for bringing enforcement actions against illegal foreign-based sites."

Congress will resume discussions on SOPA following the winter break.

Update: It looks like GoDaddy has retracted its support. In a statement sent out earlier today:

Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress.

"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."

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What do you think they're going to say when they are losing their customers? You can't just change your mind because people are dropping you.

I'm glad I moved all of my domains from GoDaddy a few weeks ago, not because of SOPA, because to date, no one can actually tell me any pros and cons, just that it's bad.

I moved from them because their website is a mess, the amount of products they advertise to existing customers is high, and I just don't look at them as a professional company anymore.

Ricky65 said,
ha they buckled so easily.
I doubt it was "so easy" to make them do it. I'm sure they lost a fair share of clients (me for one). There is no other way they would do a 180 that fast.

I just moved my 3 domains to namecheap used SOPASucks coupon transfer only 6.99 - very simple process, liked they offered invoice pdf download and emailed.

I just do not get how a company like godaddy could support SOPA??? Hey they can have what ever opinion they want to have - but I am not going to do business with them of any sort, even if only a few bucks a year.

Want to make them take notice? Boycott EVERYONE associated with this bill, especially Hollywood and the entertainment industry. No DVD's, no blu ray, no movie theatres, no music, no software, hardware, etc. Hit them where it hurts, in their pockets and when no one uses their products and their profits tank then they will see reason. Anything less, boycotting one or two companies here or there wont make much difference.

efjay said,
Want to make them take notice? Boycott EVERYONE associated with this bill, especially Hollywood and the entertainment industry. No DVD's, no blu ray, no movie theatres, no music, no software, hardware, etc. Hit them where it hurts, in their pockets and when no one uses their products and their profits tank then they will see reason. Anything less, boycotting one or two companies here or there wont make much difference.

Sadly people like to complain with their mouths and never with their wallets. I'm sure some will use this as an excuse to pirate even more, which will only exacerbate the issue. If people actually did not pay for and did not use any of the products you listed which support this sort of nonsense, well then there would most certainly be change.

Why the **** are people with GoDaddy in the first place? Did all you fall prey to their advertising? Do you not know that they are one of the worst domain registrars around? Nobody in the tech. industry likes them and nobody recommends them! Why are so many people giving them money??

I keep telling myself there's no way this will actually be finalized. That's true... right? We wouldn't actually do something like this... right?

I'm speechless.

I am not sure if the whole boycott will work or not in this case with Godaddy. I am certain that they have a large enough customer base that losing the ones that boycott can easily be replaced with some creative advertising and time.

In time, after the SOPA bill passes or fails, the whole attention will shift to a different story elsewhere and people's memory will soon forget the 'sins' of Godaddy or any other company that supports SOPA. Sad fact, but true.

Yes, I know this worked with Netflix when they did their Quixter thing earlier this year, Blockbuster ran with it and grabbed several people away as well as Redbox. But, all in all, Netflix is still doing Okay and advertising just as much if not less for their services.

I am more concerned with the new price increases with Verisign on the Top Level Domains which is causing fees to go up in some cases by $30. (enomcentral). Namecheap will be going up less than a $1 for theirs. Small increases like this on a large scale - 100's, 1,000's, 10,000's of domains or more translates to more money for Verisign as a whole. I have 7 domains at the moment so the impact on my end isn't too much, but it can really add up for others.

Don't forget the sneaky 2nd bill called "PROTECT IP". It's probably there to be passed if SOPA gets to much negative attention.

I suggest that all the companies supporting SOPA be "taken off the grid". They need to be hit hard and taught a lesson. Before the internet as we know it is completely crippled more supporting companies need to be boycotted. It is clear they do not understand how damaging this will be for everybody, including themselves.

If this is allowed to stand other companies/countries might follow suit and impose further restrictions. Taking a stand now may well prevent further incursions into the freedom of the internet (for a while).

imachip said,
If this is allowed to stand other companies/countries might follow suit and impose further restrictions. Taking a stand now may well prevent further incursions into the freedom of the internet (for a while).

Well said!

It was starting to annoy me how some are acting as if this is no big deal because it's not happening to them. Some people really need to grow up and realize that we need to stand together against this sort of nonsense.

SOPA will affect every website in the world if it's blocked on the root because they are in US. Only way to bypass this is to use an Alternate DNS server that won't update from the root one.

To UK/ROW outside of America users ignore the hyperbole and read the actual reality of what may happen IF it passes.....

SOPA blocks dns resolution for inside the US only, so the only case in which you will notice is if a site you visit gets its ad money, donations, or sales through US 'payment networks' and is blacklisted, forcing the site to find an alternative source of income or shut down.

and guess what there are actually Ad revenue companies that arnt US owned or based in the USA, so in a word no, it wont affect us UNLESS our GOVT follow suit, webmasters will just deny access to US IP ranges and visitors, nullifying the US ability to serve takedown notices....simples

Also, in order for a site to be targeted it must be shown to be used in the US, so any site that puts reasonable measures in place to block access to american users should stay operational.

Mando said,
To UK/ROW outside of America users ignore the hyperbole and read the actual reality of what may happen IF it passes.....

SOPA blocks dns resolution for inside the US only, so the only case in which you will notice is if a site you visit gets its ad money, donations, or sales through US 'payment networks' and is blacklisted, forcing the site to find an alternative source of income or shut down.

and guess what there are actually Ad revenue companies that arnt US owned or based in the USA, so in a word no, it wont affect us UNLESS our GOVT follow suit, webmasters will just deny access to US IP ranges and visitors, nullifying the US ability to serve takedown notices....simples

Also, in order for a site to be targeted it must be shown to be used in the US, so any site that puts reasonable measures in place to block access to american users should stay operational.

You quite clearly know very little to nothing about DNS. When a DNS server in England gets a request for the IP of a domain that is based in America, it goes to the authoritative DNS server for that domain, which will be based in America if the site is based in America (Broadly speaking. There's a bit more to it than that but that's basically how it works).

When the authoritative DNS server for that domain is found, it responds with the IP address of that domain, which your English (or whichever country you live in) DNS server forwards on to you.

When SOPA comes into affect, resolution of American domains that have been blocked for whatever reason will have their entries on these servers removed. This means that when your DNS server queries the DNS server in America, it will find no record of the domain and you will find yourself unable to view the site.

DNS is organised like this because it removes the burden for each DNS server to keep IP to domain name mappings for every domain in the world.

Please read a book before you make comments like the one above.

Edited by M4x1mus, Dec 24 2011, 1:42pm :

I have two domains thru godaddy...one is set to expire in Feb so I'll let it go, the other I'll hold on to but I'm against any type of censorship - the right to download and view what I want when I want is my right...plain and simple!

PotatoJ said,
Wish there was a batch transfer.

A good deal has come up over this: https://www.facebook.com/NameCheap/posts/10150443018538282

There kind of is: I read a blog linked from the Ars article yesterday. In GoDaddy's domain dashboard (yuck!) go to Export feature and save all your domain names and transfer authorization codes as a .csv. You can also unlock all your domains at once. Then you can import those into namecheap's.

If SOPA goes through, I will move my domain away from GoDaddy.

EDIT from Xenosion: Can I really edit this comment??

Edited by Bryan R., Dec 23 2011, 6:08pm :

BrentNewbury said,
If SOPA goes through, I will move my domain away from GoDaddy.

Why would you wait until the damage is done? Do you not understand the reasoning behind a boycott?

I hate godaddy ... they host so much crap ... when I let them know about a shady business they said ... yeah ok, nothing we can do bye ... since then, everyone that asks me I tell them, anyone else but godaddy ....

robertobaggio2k said,
does sopa affect canada?

No. This will only effect ISP's in the USA, but could block Canadian sites from being viewed in the US.

Lexcyn said,

No. This will only effect ISP's in the USA, but could block Canadian sites from being viewed in the US.

i dont think you fully understand SOPA, this bill (if passed) will not only effect the US but also the world.

Snake89 said,

it effects the whole world.

nonsense only if the sites hosted in US of A will it have ANY affect outside of the US, unless other govts follow suit, only then would it affect sites/registrars/content hosted outside of the USA.

The Protagonist said,

i dont think you fully understand SOPA, this bill (if passed) will not only effect the US but also the world.

No, it won't. My ISP uses it's own DNS. This bill will only effect DNS/CDN's in the USA.

Lexcyn said,

No. This will only effect ISP's in the USA, but could block Canadian sites from being viewed in the US.

No, you are wrong. SOPA will allow IPs to be blocked, not just DNS pointing to the IPs. Canada's IPs are provided by ARIN, which is under control of the US. They will have the power to completely disable all IPs allocated to Canada if they wanted to.

This has a direct affect on Canada.

Lexcyn said,

No, it won't. My ISP uses it's own DNS. This bill will only effect DNS/CDN's in the USA.

You honestly have no idea how DNS works. When it comes to important topics such as SOPA why don't you leave the discussion to people won't spread wrong information.

This isn't directed at only you either, but to everyone who thinks this only affects the USA. We are not being conceited when we say this; this is the truth. SOPA is a terrible thing for the Internet we know and love.

NODADDY... brilliant! All in all, suits them well. Even without them supporting SOPA, Godaddy is one of the worst companies I have ever run upon, not even counting their obnoxious domain hoarding and cybersquatting practices. So I want them to die in a horrible death. Which likely won't happen but this is a good hit.

cralias said,
NODADDY... brilliant! All in all, suits them well. Even without them supporting SOPA, Godaddy is one of the worst companies I have ever run upon, not even counting their obnoxious domain hoarding and cybersquatting practices. So I want them to die in a horrible death. Which likely won't happen but this is a good hit.

I've never had any problems with GoDaddy on anything really. I'm quite happy with them as a web hoster.

KomaWeiss said,

I've never had any problems with GoDaddy on anything really. I'm quite happy with them as a web hoster.

Same here.

Tuishimi said,

Same here.


Same here as well, though I will be participating in the boycott and transferring my domains elsewhere.

cralias said,
NODADDY... brilliant! All in all, suits them well. Even without them supporting SOPA, Godaddy is one of the worst companies I have ever run upon, not even counting their obnoxious domain hoarding and cybersquatting practices. So I want them to die in a horrible death. Which likely won't happen but this is a good hit.

I don't know about one of the worst, but never have liked them even if for nothing more than I always thought their website was always slower than crap, which I always thought was bad for a site that host speed tests and host websites.

Haven't really read up on this SOPA stuff, but from what I have read at several places, seems to be a ton of over hype involved as much as anything else.

Well, in my experience a few years back I was just starting out the web stuff, got a domain (that ended up being registered on their name instead of mine) and a little webspace for playing around. Didn't know much about things then and their support quickly ended up being the most useless, basically "you don't like, you don't buy" attitude.

Ently said,
It will be a very sad day in history if the entire internet is censored *shakes head*

Actually, only the US Internet.

BrentNewbury said,
... and thus everyone else as well, as the US controls all (or nearly all) of the TLD DNS'.

ICANN is not run by the US Government, so it does not "control" anything. While some of the TLD DNS servers do reside in the USA, this cannot, and WILL NOT effect those outside of the country. You are naive to think that any other country hosting their own DNS servers will allow the US to do crap like this.

Lexcyn said,

ICANN is not run by the US Government, so it does not "control" anything. While some of the TLD DNS servers do reside in the USA, this cannot, and WILL NOT effect those outside of the country. You are naive to think that any other country hosting their own DNS servers will allow the US to do crap like this.

While you're correct, the authoritative DNS in the US is also resides there (obviously), which gives them control over all .com and related North American domain names. Hence, if the US decide to block any .com domains through DNS, the change would propagate globally and block everyone. On top of that, any sites hosted on US soil (although not necessarily American websites) would be inaccessible.

So yes, it absolutely does affect everyone. That's half the reason it's so controversial.

Majesticmerc said,
So yes, it absolutely does affect everyone. That's half the reason it's so controversial.

And then we'll simply remove USA from the rest of the net, problem solved.

Majesticmerc said,

While you're correct, the authoritative DNS in the US is also resides there (obviously), which gives them control over all .com and related North American domain names. Hence, if the US decide to block any .com domains through DNS, the change would propagate globally and block everyone. On top of that, any sites hosted on US soil (although not necessarily American websites) would be inaccessible.

So yes, it absolutely does affect everyone. That's half the reason it's so controversial.


this is why allot are moving to .eu
as EU recently passed a bill that censoring the internet is NOT allowed in whole of EU (exception of childporn)

I expected as much, there will probably be more calls for boycots as well for other companies on that list if not already

Teebor said,
I expected as much, there will probably be more calls for boycots as well for other companies on that list if not already

Can someone post an actual list of pros and cons to SOPA that is objective.. I am from Canada and dont hear anything about it up here.. And not an arguement that big corporations support it so it must be bad..

The sad part about online piracy is that "digital" goods (movies and software) is pretty much one of the biggest exports of the US these days.. If people from the US want to get their country out of debt, you need to take harsh steps to stop online piracy (outside of the US).. It also affects here because some movies are made in Canada as well.. It seems like every country around the world is protective of the stuff their country makes except the US (ex Canada/Lumber exports, China/ Rare earth materials....)

Lachlan said,

Can someone post an actual list of pros and cons to SOPA that is objective.. I am from Canada and dont hear anything about it up here.. And not an arguement that big corporations support it so it must be bad.

The sad part about online piracy is that "digital" goods (movies and software) is pretty much one of the biggest exports of the US these days.. If people from the US want to get their country out of debt, you need to take harsh steps to stop online piracy (outside of the US).. It also affects here because some movies are made in Canada as well.. It seems like every country around the world is protective of the stuff their country makes except the US (ex Canada/Lumber exports, China/ Rare earth materials....)

Do you like the internet? Well SOPA will stop that.

Edited by AJerman, Dec 23 2011, 6:10pm :

nominak said,

Do you like the internet? Well SOPA will stop that.

That is a little bit if FUD there... I'm not pro SOPA, but...

nominak said,

Do you like the internet? Well SOPA will stop that.


exactly the type of response by someone that has no idea what they are talking about that i asked not to receive