Web hosting provider Rackspace has joined the growing list of companies who are voicing their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Saying that SOPA would be worse than the problem that it attempts to correct, in a blog post on their website, Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier outlines the company's opposition and what they're doing to prevent it from becoming law, at least in its current form.
The SOPA bill, as it stands, is a deeply flawed piece of legislation. It is bad for anyone who uses the Internet, including Rackspace, the more than 160,000 business customers that we serve, and the tens of millions of retail customers that they serve. It is bad for job creation and innovation.
We at Rackspace oppose SOPA in its current form.
We have been working diligently with members of Congress and their staffs in an attempt to amend the bill. Last week, I traveled to Washington to meet with key members of Congress and their aides, urging them to slow down, take the time to understand the basics of the industry that they propose to regulate, and get this legislation right. We’re continuing to work with those lawmakers over the holidays.
Based in Texas, Rackspace is a major player in the web hosting, cloud, and datacenter industry, with clients representing most of the Fortune 100 companies.
Twitter, Reddit, Kaspersky, Mozilla, Wikipedia and Google have previously spoken out against SOPA. However, domain registar and hosting provider Go Daddy recently made headlines and has been facing a boycott for the intial support, which they have since recinded.