(The Hosting News) – Top web host and registrar Go Daddy has come under heat for its changing of positions on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Yesterday was dubbed “Dump Go Daddy Day” by SOPA opponents who sought to punish the web registrar for what they’ve interpreted as an inconsistent stance on the legislation by the company.
During the course of the day, website owners were encouraged to transfer their domains away from Go Daddy.
The web host initially supported SOPA but backed off its support last week.
Clarifying his company’s stance in a statement yesterday, Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman stated, “Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities.”
With many web users disenchanted with Go Daddy, the company is hoping to fix things.
“Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time,” Adelman went on to say.
The idea to transfer domains away from the company appeared to originate on social site Reddit.com. Meanwhile, some Go Daddy competitors seized the moment to gain against the top web host.
Today, web host Namecheap.com reported that it had received over 27 thousand domain transfers on Thursday. The company had previously committed to donate two dollar for every transfer the web host received during the course of yesterday to Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization.
Opponents of SOPA have argued that the bill would harm innovation on the web and limit free speech by placing unfair restrictions and burdens on both internet providers and tech startups.
The law would allow the U.S. Justice Department to force internet providers to cut access to sites accused of providing infringing material upon seeking a court order.
Debate on SOPA is expected to continue when the U.S. House of Representatives returns from its current recess.