Monday, December 26, 2011

The Best Email I've Seen In Months

It's no secret that I'm strongly opposed to the SOPA and PIPA bills currently winding their way through the House and Senate.  There's no shortage of my thoughts on this awful piece of legislation on all of my outlets on the Interwebz, and here is a summary of what the bills would do.
I have a number of web domains, some openly registered and some registered for clients.  Most of them are hosted by GoDaddy, a company who has publicly shown support for the SOPA bill.  Earlier this week, their unfortunate support for the bill came to light and a formal boycott of the company began.
I began to pull all of my sites from GoDaddy today, and I just got the greatest e mail:

Dear Mark Edwards,
This is to confirm that the following domain names have been successfully transferred away from Go Daddy to NAME.COM LLC:
If you require additional information, please contact Go Daddy.
Domain Services
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Copyright (C) 2011 Go Daddy All rights reserved.
Done.  See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.  That's what you get for siging with Big Pharma and Hollywood and opposing an open Internet. 
My first domain is out of their hands, and therer are many more to come.  PC World says over 70,000 people have already dumped GoDaddy, and while it's a small number for a huge company like that to lose, it's only the beginning of the damage GoDaddy has inflicted upon itself.
It's a huge pain to transfer a domain to a new host, but I think it's worth the time and effort because GoDaddy is supporting a bill that could Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE fundamentally change the way the Internet works.  They claim to have backed off on their support, but they refuse to provide proof that they've told Congress that they aren't supporting SOPA, and they even are on the record as being in support of the PIPA bill during Senate hearings.

I urge you to find out about the SOPA law and how it might affect you, and if you're doing business with GoDaddy, to move your services to any of the companies who oppose this chilling legislation.
Sometimes you just have to do the right thing, even if it's a little costly or inconvenient.  THIS is one of those times.
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