GoDaddy Loses Thousands of Domains After SOPA Opinions; May be Delaying Transfers Purposely
December 27, 2011 4:24 AM
Former customers and general Internet users are watching sites like ByeDaddy.org to track who has left GoDaddy and who has stayed
GoDaddy recently lost thousands of domains after showing its support for the
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
, and now, customers and competitors are accusing the service of delaying domain transfers in an effort to hold on to what business it has left.
, an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company, caught a lot of heat recently after openly supporting SOPA. SOPA, which was introduced in October 2011, is a proposed bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders to restrict access to sites accused of enabling copyright infringement, and would also block payment processors and online advertisers from conducting business with the sites. All of this can be done without due process.
GoDaddy received a lot of criticism after revealing its stance on the controversial bill, and attempted to switch sides in an effort to save itself. However, this tactic didn't work. Last Thursday, GoDaddy lost over 15,000 domains and then another 21,054 on Friday. By early Monday morning, GoDaddy had over 37,000 domain transfers.
"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 Warren Adelman, GoDaddy CEO, in an effort to reverse the company's previous supportive opinion of SOPA. "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."
Some Internet users have not only transferred their domains, but also started creating and using apps like ByeDaddy.org to see who has a domain with GoDaddy. The No. 1 searched domain is Wikipedia.org, which still uses GoDaddy for the time being.
To add insult to injury, GoDaddy customers that are trying to transfer their domains have complained about delays. GoDaddy competitor Namecheap, which is also
a domain registrar
, even accused the service of delaying domain transfers to make it more difficult for users to leave. According to Namecheap, GoDaddy is "returning incomplete WHOIS information" as part of its transfer process, which violates ICANN rules.
"We suspect that this competitor is thwarting efforts to transfer domains away from them," said Tamar Weinberg, Namecheap Community Manager. "We at Namecheap believe that this action speaks volumes about the impact that informed customers are having on GoDaddy's business."
Other domain registrar competitors, such as Hover, couldn't confirm if this was true or not. It could just be Namecheap trying to take advantage of GoDaddy's grim situation and steal customers, but you can't ignore a number of angry customers saying the same thing. According to
, it wouldn't be unlike GoDaddy to delay transfers in an attempt to keep customers around or even just tick them off.
If you're interested, keep an eye on who is still using GoDaddy
here at ByeDaddy
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