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GoDaddy is no longer supporting SOPA. It's sticking with Danica Patrick, however. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
The Internet registrar GoDaddy was one of the big proponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — opposed to the likes of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter — but now it suddenly isn't. Why? Simple: GoDaddy's stance toward SOPA was seriously threatening its bottom line.
It was a victory for the anti-SOPA contingent. This is from VentureBeat:
As one of the largest domain registrars, Go Daddy’s support of SOPA was extremely alarming to many people and companies with a strong presence on the internet because it could make de-indexing domain names much easier.
Talk of a Go Daddy boycott began yesterday on community link sharing site Reddit, and quickly grew to include several influential business leaders and media personalities. Among them were Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh and celebrity/investor Ashton Kutcher.
The company initially shrugged off the protests, issuing a nonchalant response to let people know it hasn’t negatively impacted its business — which was the equivalent of shaking the hell out of a giant beehive and not expecting to get stung. Boycott participators responded by publishing step-by-step tutorials for transferring a bulk of domains to a new registrar, complete with recommendations to competitors.