An unfortunate number of people are completely unaware about the possible passage of the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and what the bills mean to the future of the Internet and our personal freedoms. Anyone reading this post; however, is likely already aware of these bills, so I won’t go into much detail other than to say that, obviously, the intent of the bills is to limit information available online (good or bad) and to give power to supporters of the bills (politicians, entertainment industry, etc.).
Among the other companies supporting PIPA and SOPA (ABC, CBS, Universal, Comcast, Disney, et al), GoDaddy.com, the registrar I’ve used for years, has publicly announced their support for PIPA and SOPA (statement below). Because of this, and other important reasons (keep reading), I have decided to transfer over 50 domains in my portfolio from GoDaddy.com to another registrar. Perhaps I’ve been lazy, or complacent, but this was the last straw.
December 29, 2011 has been chosen as the “move your domain day.”
Go Daddy has a long history of supporting federal legislation directed toward combating illegal conduct on the Internet. For example, our company strongly supported the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP). Go Daddy has always supported both government and private industry efforts to identify and disable all types of illegal activity on the Internet. It is for these reasons that I’m still struggling with why some Internet companies oppose PROTECT IP and SOPA. There is no question that we need these added tools to counteract illegal foreign sites that are falling outside the jurisdiction of U.S. law enforcement. And there is clearly more that we could all be doing to adequately address the problems that exist.
Sure, we’ve all heard that sex sells. You’re surely aware of GoDaddy’s use of sex and innuendo in their advertising, including the Superbowl Half Time commercials… Many people have a problem with this sort of advertising, but the problems go well beyond that.
The problems even go beyond their poor customer service, incessant and obnoxious up-selling, and seemingly shady business practices. There have been numerous complaints about losing domains due to lack of contact and support, or unauthorized charges to credit cards kept on file. Getting a satisfactory resolution to these sort of issues are reportedly on the far side of impossible. Apparently, when you’re the registrar for millions of domain names, it’s somehow better to focus more on advertising than keeping customers happy…
Not only does GoDaddy publicly support “Internet Blacklist” legislation, they also condoned the use of torture methods on foreign detainees.The following was the text of a link to a blog post, followed by a quote, made by GoDaddy CEO, Bob Parsons:
“Close Gitmo? No way!! Think our interrogation methods are tough? Prisoners in the Middle East talk quick. Here’s why.”
I believe we owe it to those who died on 9-11 and to ourselves to destroy all the bastards and their supporters that were behind those attacks — regardless of what it takes to do so.
Additionally, the GoDaddy CEO ambushed, shot and killed an elephant in Africa. One of his excuses was feeding Zimbabweans, as if there were no other way. If only someone, like the CEO of the world’s largest domain registrar, could use their money for good…
Then the video gets really graphic, as Parsons records villagers who come out in the early morning to slaughter the dead animal, stripping it of its flesh. Oddly enough, this part, which is set to AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells,” is almost a shameless plug for the company, zooming in at one point on the company’s logo.
I’ve chosen to transfer dozens of my domains from GoDaddy.com to another registrar. I’ve chosen NameCheap for a variety of reasons. Important to note here is the fact that they have publicly announced their opposition to SOPA.
SOPA, as proposed, would give unprecedented remedies to owners of intellectual property. While protection of intellectual property is important, to allow overbroad and ill-considered remedies and processes such as those contained within SOPA threatens the very freedom that serves as the foundation of the Internet.
If SOPA passes in its current form, the rights of users (who are the Internet) will be wholly and totally subjugated to the rights of intellectual property holders. This simply cannot stand.
Transfer from GoDaddy
The following are step by step instructions for transferring your domains from GoDaddy.com to another registrar.
- Login to GoDaddy and get to the domain manager.
- Select all domains
- Click on the “Locking Icon”
- Uncheck “lock domains”
- Find the tools tab —> “exportable lists”
- Click on “Add New Export” button
- Select “All My Domains” as the list type
- Check the “Authorization codes” box
- Generate the Exportable List
- Create account at another registrar (The following involves NameCheap)
- Go to “transfer domain” at the new registrar
- Enter domains you wish to transfer & click “transfer”
- Checkout (you can use discount code “SOPASucks” at NameCheap)
- Update EPP code (authorization) from GoDaddy Export File
- (Back at GoDaddy) Chose “Pending Transfers”
- Check all the domains (if not all of the domains are showing up yet, wait a few hours)
- Check the “Accept” button and approve!
- Transfer Complete (can take several hours)
- Revel in the fact that you are supporting Internet freedom
How quickly things change… Just after this post went live, and I continue to read comments about the issue, I find that GoDaddy has reversed their “official” position on SOPA.
“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.”
Unfortunately, it’s too little too late and I will still transfer my domains starting on 12/29/11. It’s easy for them to give lip service to opposing SOPA, but when you help draft the legislation and others like it, it’s readily apparent that you are not to be trusted. It also shows that their previous statements about not being affected by the boycott were not true. Obviously, there was an effect and, obviously, GoDaddy is doing damage control. Internet 1; GoDaddy 0.
There’s still more to do; sign petitions, call your representatives, inform others.