Go Daddy hit with SOPA backlash

Go Daddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, has been catching some heat from customers who disagree with the company’s position on the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

In a blog post Thursday, the Go Daddy outlined its views on the piracy legislation by publishing statements from its general counsel and corporate secretary, Christine Jones, who has been brought in to testify at several hearings on the subject.

“We certainly shouldn’t be suppressing free speech, but the Internet should not function as the Wild West either,” Jones wrote. “We need to be focused on developing codes of conduct that reflect compromise. To do this, everyone in the Internet ecosystem needs to be committed to taking voluntary action. And everyone must understand that if we are unwilling to act responsibly, that Congress has a duty to step in.”

The company has been directing those opposing the measure to read its position on SOPA through its official Twitter account. Those who use Go Daddy’s Web hosting services, including some heavy hitters, have been threatening to take their business elsewhere because of the company’s views.

Ben Huh, chief executive of the Cheezburger network — a group of sites including I Can Haz Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, “We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA. We love you guys, but #SOPA-is-cancer to the Free Web,” he wrote in a tweet.

On Reddit, a user going by the name “selfprodigy” is calling for a GoDaddy customers to pull their business from the company on Dec. 29. The post has gathered over 4,000 comments, with most in support of the call to boycott.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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