Our Stance on SOPA and GoDaddy

Brian December 30, 2011Tech

You may have noticed that the site has been down recently. This isn’t because of technical difficulties or trouble with our host. No, it’s because we have been switching our domain registrars away from GoDaddy.

Why the sudden you change you might ask? It’s because of the disclosure that GoDaddy is supporting SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act.

This isn’t the first time GoDaddy has been involved in less-than-savory activity. There’s their buzzed about ads that are pure sexism, and their former CEO’s nonchalant attitude in regards to his elephant hunting. Simply, they are a company that we no longer want to be associated with.

Their SOPA support was the final straw for us to move. The US legislation, if passed, provides power for content owners (such as the RIAA and MPAA) to shut down almost any web site they choose. While the target is rogue sites involved with piracy, the Stop Online Piracy Act provides a lot of power in regulating the Internet. This can also be construed as censorship. Instead of normally taking down the hosting servers as they do today, content providers could subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and block the content from their users.

We here at SLANTD.com believe the Internet should be free. Piracy is not OK, but the blame should fall on the people hosting such sites, and not shielding websites from the ISPs end. The Internet is a great place to show your creativity but even if the media you incorporate is “fair use” these laws could be used to block your content forever. This act gives content providers way too much power.

If you’re looking for more information on SOPA, check out the video below or go to Stop American Censorship for more on how you can help.

While GoDaddy has been flip-flopping on SOPA, NameCheap has put money where their mouth is by donating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in order to battle SOPA.


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