Thousands of website owners, including Wikipedia, have pledged to boycott web hosting firm GoDaddy over its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), despite the company changing its mind on the controversial anti-piracy law.
Thousands of website owners, including Wikipedia, have pledged to boycott webhosting firm GoDaddy over its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), despite the company changing its mind on the controversial anti-piracy law.
GoDaddy, which is the largest hosting service in the world, initially gave its support for SOPA, but u-turned after mounting pressure from users and other companies. Many high-profile internet-based companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and eBay, are staunchly opposed to the Act, citing fears that it will lead to widespread internet censorship.
A boycott organised for today on Reddit is set to go ahead regardless of GoDaddy's decision, with the service already losing over 37,000 domains in a two-day period. That number could skyrocket as the official boycott gets underway, but GoDaddy is hoping to halt its losses by offering domain discounts.
Among those who are withdrawing their domains from GoDaddy are Wikipedia, Lolcats owner the Cheezburger Network, and image hosting service Imgur.
"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why GoDaddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better,” said Warren Adelman, CEO of GoDaddy.
GoDaddy previously lost numerous users after its founder and former CEO, Bob Parsons, posted a video of him killing an elephant while on holiday in Zimbabwe.