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Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA 197

Reader jampola points out that Wikimedia's Jimmy Wales last week said clearly what was only hinted at earlier in the month; now "It's not only imgur (among many others) who are giving GoDaddy the flick; it also appears Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikimedia, will be making the change. While unsure to what effect Wikimedia utilizes the services of GoDaddy, I imagine this could very well be another public blow for GoDaddy in the wrong direction over their decision to support SOPA."
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Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA

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  • by El_Muerte_TDS ( 592157 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:11PM (#38530934) Homepage

    A lot of people/companies movies their domains away, not just wikipedia or imgur, or the humble bundle people. A lot of people have done it. I wrapped up moving my domains today (started after the previous domain dispute wit godaddy that was reported on /.).

    It would be more interesting to see what companies, specially those that rely on user contribution, decided not to move away from the shitty registrar called GoDaddy.

    For who care, I moved my domains to Gandi. So far the service is great, the gratis DNS management is also ok (you can pretty much copy paste zone files). Gandi is a non-US company (French), they support EFF (and a bunch of other projects /.ers like), oppose SOPA: http://www.gandibar.net/post/2011/12/23/Gandi-s-Opposition-to-the-SOPA-Legislation [gandibar.net]

  • Coupons! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Scutter ( 18425 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:16PM (#38531002) Journal

    A few hours after I finished transferring all of my domains away from GoDaddy, they spammed me with an advertisement offering 25% off my next purchase of $75 or more. Not, "Hey, we'd like you back. What can we do to change your mind?" No, it was "Hey, you were a customer once and we'd like to milk you some more. Here's a not-very-good incentive to buy more services from us."

  • Re:Use Namecheap (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Demoknight ( 66150 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:21PM (#38531076) Journal

    I also transferred my domains to Namecheap this week. I was happy to leave Godaddy not only because of the SOPA mess but because their interface is garbage anyway. Namecheap feels like a more modern approach to services both from a design and marketing perspective. I don't need my registrar to be flashy - just be easy to use, communicate well, and be competitive. Namecheap definitely has already won me over and I expect to stay there for many years.

  • by lexsird ( 1208192 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:27PM (#38531162)

    Hey, dickheads, yeah you, Mr Shakedown Artist politician. You and your dipshit friends jumped the shark tank with this one.

    GoDaddy is just a precursor of what is going to happen to your political careers. It's a snack for us, a little bit of blood to tithe us over until we can mash the vote button for the other guy so hard it breaks. You can tell the other bums huddling around the burn barrel keeping warm. "I was a rich Congressman until I got fucking stupid and greedy. GOD DAMN YOU SOPA....I had a life!"

    Yeah, it's going to be like that.

  • Re:GoDaddy Reversal (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MobyDisk ( 75490 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:30PM (#38531204) Homepage

    Can someone explain why GoDaddy would support SOPA in the first place?

  • by Morgaine ( 4316 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:32PM (#38531228)

    1. Politicians and government no longer represent what the people want. The bribary by the copyright lobby has gone way beyond the pale, and the political corruption of government seems unstoppable.

    2. Politicians and government are now costing businesses money. While traditionally the government has supported businesses more than individuals, this has now reached the point where business finds itself at odds with the customers that provide its income, and that is a terminal situation.

    The messages are pretty clear. What's unclear is where this is going, other than sending SOPA to hell.

  • by cpghost ( 719344 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:42PM (#38531370) Homepage

    Gandi is a non-US company (French), they support EFF (and a bunch of other projects /.ers like), oppose SOPA

    Nothing against Gandi (good registrar actually), but as a French company, aren't they subject to HADOPI that is similar to SOPA?

  • by cpghost ( 719344 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:45PM (#38531422) Homepage

    I think what is really needed is to get all the big name companies together and sponsor research into an alternative to DNS that can't be touched by any government and you can't sue for trademark infringement.

    The problem ist't DNS blocking, it's the capacity of Gov't to block any website at the BGP level right in the main routers of Tier-1 backbones. That's the whole point of the uproar: the copyright lobby and their politicians have embarked on an arms race with us, the Internet Community, and who knows where all this will lead to?

  • Re:[citation needed] (Score:5, Interesting)

    by skids ( 119237 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:46PM (#38531432) Homepage

    No, but it is bottom-feeding to prefer price over other important aspects, such as the business ethics of the provider, the level of customer service, the features of the service, and the general principle that a near-monopoly is bad for both the marketplace and the technology and the obligations that result from the fact that consumers are (barring government) one of the only entities in a position to prevent such a situation from occurring.

  • by Edzilla2000 ( 1261030 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:53PM (#38531558)

    HADOPI doesn't really compare. It's strictly a 3 strikes law, with a single company monitoring p2p traffic (mostly interrogating torrent trackers), aimed against private file sharer.

    It's evil, but definitely not in the same league as SOPA.

  • by El_Muerte_TDS ( 592157 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @05:57PM (#38531624) Homepage

    HADOPI targets "internet subscribers", i.e. the people at home and not websites. So Gandi, and it's clients are not affected by HADOPI.

  • by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @06:21PM (#38531968)

    GoDaddy did NOT reverse their stance on SOPA. They only removed the publication on their supporting stance of SOPA. So they still support it, they just don't say it out loud.

    Wrong. [cnet.com]

    GoDaddy, the domain register targeted by online activists in response to its enthusiasm for a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills, has finally denounced the legislation in response to a boycott scheduled for today.

    Warren Adelman, the company's chief executive, said today that "GoDaddy opposes SOPA," meaning the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is facing a House of Representatives committee vote next month.

    A GoDaddy spokeswoman confirmed to CNET this afternoon that "we oppose PIPA, as well." That's the Senate bill known as Protect IP, which will be debated on the Senate floor January 24. (See CNET's SOPA FAQ.)

  • Re:This just in... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by asdf7890 ( 1518587 ) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @10:55PM (#38534930)
    Well, colour me corrected. Ish.

    Having actually ready your link, the word "oppose" is actually there.

    But they are not against it because they think it is wrong, they are quite literally against it because others are and it is getting embarrassing. They stated argument against it?: "there is no consensus". That is like being against mugging not because the stealing and violence are bad per say, but because they are not seen as generally accepted.

    Too little too late for many (far too late for me: I last dealt with that company some years ago, and have been recommending people go elsewhere for just as long).

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