When the SOPA legislation was announced, GoDaddy was the first internet domain registrar to support the legislation. The company saw thousands of its domains being moved away from it because it supported the legislation. People from across the world boycotted the registrar and as a result thousands moved to different services.
After GoDaddy realized that its business was at huge risk of losing a significant client base, the registrar immediately switched sides and started opposing the legislation. It may have switched sides, but the company is far from receiving back the support it had from clients.
In an article posted on a popular website, an analyst has also predicted that GoDaddy has only moved away from the SOPA because of the risk it brought to the company’s business. Haters of the company are still not convinced that GoDaddy has initiated this move because of good will.
However, those who boycotted against the registrar can at least celebrate their victory, the whole purpose of these boycotts was to remove the support of GoDaddy for the SOPA legislation, which the company has now done so.
Thousands of people are still continuing the protest against GoDaddy, which is quite easy to see why. The first and foremost question arises that why the registrar supported the legislation in the first place.
It is evident that huge publishers like EA, Nintendo and the boards MPAA RIAA would gain a lot by shutting down sites that operate in piracy without any notice or reason, but what would GoDaddy gain from it? Analysts say that the registrar may have taken the move because it is the right thing to do, however it seriously damages the liberty of people living in the country.
The SOPA legislation is a dangerous thing for the internet and may destroy it if it gets support from big registrars like GoDaddy. If the internet goes down, so does the business of GoDaddy which completely relies on the service. Supporting the legislation shows that the registrar is completely unaware of how things work on the internet and has ignored the liberty of its client by doing so.