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Go Daddy Loses Thousands of Domains Over SOPA Support

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Go Daddy is in full damage control mode after losing tens of thousands of domain names when it came out in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). And things may get far worse on Thursday, which has been proclaimed "Move Your Domain Day."

SOPA is designed to protect copyright holders but could result in websites being blocked. Many Internet users are outraged, and last week when the domain registry giant said it supported the bill, the owners of some 37,000 domain names filed to transfer those names away from Go Daddy.

Go Daddy responded last Friday by withdrawing its support of SOPA.

"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," said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

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But that didn't stop the flood of transfer requests, and there could be even more on Thursday as its rivals get into position to capitalize on Go Daddy's missteps.

Many users are complaining about delays in transferring their domains.

"We suspect that this competitor is thwarting efforts to transfer domains away from them," said Tamar Weinberg, Community Manager of Namecheap, a rival domain registry company. "We at Namecheap believe that this action speaks volumes about the impact that informed customers are having on Go Daddy's business."

Thanks to Chip Chick for the heads up on this story