Rackspace joins the list of tech companies opposing SOPA

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. 

TwitterRedditKaspersky, 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

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Even though rejecting the SOPA bill is of vital importance, a lot of these companies are jumping on the bandwagon. For once i don't care as it should (fingers crossed) stop the bill in it's tracks.

"foutune" 100 companies? That being said, hosting companies should know this is not good for them, they have better things to do than watch the content their customers are publishing on their sites...

Congress will only listen to those that throw the most money their way... and with the big media groups backing it - there is no chance.

Government budgets (if you can call it that, since one hasn't passed) is miserable right now. Let's stop trying to protect the movie and recording industry so heavily until we have the money and time to do so. They don't bring THAT much money into the country... but healthcare and banks sure as heck do.