Go Daddy says no to SOPA after mass exodus
Domain registrar Go Daddy has pulled its support for SOPA, the controversial "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently circulating in Congress.
Go Daddy's initial endorsement of the highly contentious legislation sparked online protests and apparently prompted the loss of approximately 72,000 domains.
"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," Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman acknowledged in a statement.
"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."
Adelman also claimed that Go Daddy has fought for months to express the concerns of the entire Internet community by proposing changes to key defined terms and limitations on DNS filtering, as well as suggesting significant consequences for frivolous claims and stipulating specific provisions to protect free speech.
"As a company that is all about innovation, with our own technology and in support of our customers, Go Daddy is rooted in the idea of First Amendment Rights and believes 100 percent that the Internet is a key engine for our new economy.
"[We] remain steadfast in [our] promise to support security and stability of the Internet. Go Daddy has always fought to preserve the intellectual property rights of third parties, and will continue to do so in the future," he added.