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Go Daddy lost 37,000 domains before pulling their SOPA support

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Dec 2011 3:27 User comments (4)

Go Daddy lost 37,000 domains before pulling their SOPA support According to info collected by The Domains, 37,000 domains were pulled from Go Daddy after it was revealed they were formal supporters of the draconian censorship bill dubbed SOPA.
Within 2 days, Go Daddy had switched their stance, but the damage had already been done. Many of the domains transferred to companies like NameCheap, who are staunch opponents of the bill.

The new report says 15,000 domains transferred out on Thursday and another 22,000 domains transferred out on Friday. The registrations normally cost about $10 on Go Daddy, so the 37,000 could likely hit the bottom line.

Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman has noted that he is not fully for or against SOPA, but that he is certainly for fighting online piracy. The company helped work on revisions to SOPA, but says the bill in its current form is still not good enough. Adelman says: "Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

For more info on the backers and the anti-SOPA companies here: 120 companies and groups come out in favor of SOPA

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4 user comments

125.12.2011 5:16

Normally $10 is for the grandmothers, more like $30 for a 5 page site. These idiots lost half a million+ in less time than it takes to get in & out of a weekend bachelor party in Vegas.

This is just the starters folks. Hit these bastards right where it hurts folks, their wallets. But I'm telling you, get them with a lawyer. It hurts even worse.


225.12.2011 11:23

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Normally $10 is for the grandmothers, more like $30 for a 5 page site. These idiots lost half a million+ in less time than it takes to get in & out of a weekend bachelor party in Vegas.

This is just the starters folks. Hit these bastards right where it hurts folks, their wallets. But I'm telling you, get them with a lawyer. It hurts even worse.
Yeah, it's important to remember domain registration, and the free webpages that go with it, are actually a small part of their business. Where they make a lot more money are the hosting and email plans, particularly when you start adding on a few extras. Even for a relatively low end account, you can easily get up to $40 - $50 a year for a single domain.

Rich Fiscus
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AfterDawn Staff Writer

326.12.2011 22:42

I couldn't see it hurting them much as they are in Australia and probably charge double or triple the US amount.

427.12.2011 12:50

Not a big fan of Godaddy after finding out they sell domain names in bulk so spammers can pay less than $5 per domain. Cheap disposable domains they throw away after about a week, making it impossible to block. Godaddy was also hosting the e-mail on some of them as well. What legitimate business needs to buy hundreds of random domains at a time?


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