SOPA Support Sees Wikipedia Dump GoDaddy

When the internet gets upset about something, it doesn't sulk alone in IRC, a single felt-pen tear static on its cheek. No, it goes all-out. At the moment, it has GoDaddy in its sights, and with Jimmy Wales's decision to find a new, non-GoDaddy home for Wikipedia, the internet has just fired one of its bigger weapons at the under-siege registrar.

Unhappy with GoDaddy's position on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act currently being deliberated by the US government, Wales announced the shift in the following tweet:

I am proud to announce that the Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy. Their position on #sopa is unacceptable to us.

If this wasn't bad for GoDaddy, Wales posted another tweet the next day with this bombshell:

Wikia is also moving several hundred domains from godaddy. Which registrar has quality and price right?

The I Can Has Cheezburger? network, everyone's favourite repository for Fails and Lolcats, has also declared its intentions to drop GoDaddy, with CEO Ben Huh tweeting the news on Christmas Day.

VentureBeat believes 37,000 sites have so far abandoned the company. With Wikipedia and many other Wikia sites leaving, it's only going to get worse.

[Huffington Post]

Image: Wikipedia.


Comments

    Let's hope those fools in the US Government start getting the hint. If the power of the net can effect a company like GoDaddy, it can also effect their chances of re-election. Who says the 1% have all the power.

      Clearly the 99% are deluded in thinking there is an evil 1% with all the power...

    Namecheap FTW! :)

    Ooh... thats a kick in the balls.

    Thinking of migrating my own 14 domains and 4 hosting packages away from them too. Be a pain in the butt but not as much as SOPA is for legitimate users.

    Its good to see people voting with to their feet. Its time big business learn they are nothing without their customers.

    Namecheap are offering $7 transfers away from godaddy on dec 29th. Step up as they do not support this censorship.

    I understand how the dumbass government havnt changed there minds. But one of the biggest INTERNET companies are loosing business and getting a bad rep are still saying, hey we haven't got a clue nor care to do anything about it!

    OH GOD, MY WEBSITE IS WITH THEM.. HOW DO I CHANGE :G Wait, I think it's easier then I think... :G Then I think.

    Nuff said.. ..I'll be moving my domains 12/29 as well. I've heard horror stories of GoDaddy shutting down domains like that, but never really gave it any precedent, as it never happened to me. Needless to say, now it won't happen to me at all, as I move to NameCheap.

    GoDaddy no longer supports SOPA
    http://www.godaddy.com/newscenter/release-view.aspx?news_item_id=378&isc=smtwsup

      Too late. The damage is done already. Thing is, now they're not only pathetic but spineless too.

      Also, they not against SOPA. They're just no longer actively supporting it since they've copped too much heat. Kind of like how Gerry "Please let me keep ripping you off" Harvey got slagged when he tried to push GST on products ordered overseas, then backed down.

    There's something about Jimmy Wales's expression in all of his photos that looks just a little bit... off.

      like when a hamster sees a wheel?

    Be aware that you may be with a GoDaddy reseller and maybe not realize it. Eg. Domaincheapsters.com is a GoDaddy reseller - where I have ~20 domains and will move them on Dec29.
    GoDaddy's change of heart comes too late for me too.

    They've done a backflip but it's obviously just to try and save their bacon.

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