(The Hosting News) – The controversial legislation known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has experienced increased opposition in recent weeks. Now the act appears to have taken one of its biggest blows yet.
On Friday, top web host and domain registrar Go Daddy announced that it was pulling support for the bill.
Discussing the matter in a press release, company CEO Warren Adelman stated, “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.”
“It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it,” Adelman continued.
Other opponents of the bill have long argued that SOPA would harm innovation on the web by placing an unfair burden on both providers and startup tech innovators.
Meanwhile, Go Daddy emphasized that it had collaborated with congress in the past “to help craft revisions to legislation first introduced some three years ago.”
Such concerns by the company have included matters regarding free speech, filtering DNS limitations, and frivolous claims.
Go Daddy’s previous lack of opposition to SOPA may have cost the company customers, according to some reports. On Friday, tech site CNET reported on 21,000 domain transfers away from the domain registrar during one day, as statistically tracked by dailychanges.com.
However, the company’s recent announcement will likely play well with the Internet community, where SOPA remains highly unpopular.
SOPA was originally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives back in October while a similar bill known as the Protect IP Act was unveiled in the U.S. Senate in May. For further information regarding Go Daddy’s announcement, view a press release by the company here (godaddy.com).