December 31, 2011
A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.
Game developer EA has also dropped its SOPA support.
All three have an interest in curbing piracy of their games. They may have withdrawn support after seeing the full consequences of the bill, which could see site taken down or blocked if even just a small portion of its content was deemed illegal. As drafted, it would also compromise Internet security by taking apart the DNSSEC initiative the US government has wanted to prevent domain name poisoning attacks.
December 27, 2011
Creates Technical Hurdles For Those Looking to Switch — We do not need nanny state censorship.
GoDaddy is one of a significant number of companies that support the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill that critics charge violates the First Amendment and could break the Internet in a misguided attempt to stop piracy through website filtering. Courtesy of the folks over at Reddit, there has been a significant movement to shift domains away from GoDaddy, with many declaring this Thursday “Dump GoDaddy Day.” The loss in business (an estimated 70,000 domains) resulted in the company issuing a statement saying that they no longer supported the legislation:
“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,” said Adelman. In changing its position, Go Daddy remains steadfast in its promise to support security and stability of the Internet. In an effort to eliminate any confusion about its reversal on SOPA though, Jones has removed blog postings that had outlined areas of the bill Go Daddy did support.
While GoDaddy tries to reverse the damage, they’re facing allegations that they’re throwing up technical obstacles to prevent users from switching domains, including returning incomplete Whois information to GoDaddy registration alternatives like Namecheap — actions that are delaying the transfer process. Granted there’s a long list of companies that support SOPA, many of whom (like, say, Electronic Arts) aren’t seeing the same kind of PR fallout.