I think that the backlash against their support was a lot more swift and severe than they’d anticipated. Their initially glib ‘lol, whatever’ response was replaced by ‘oh god, please stop punching us in the quarterly financial report!’ real fast.Mashable chief architect Chris Heald • Discussing how he received a call from GoDaddy regarding his decision to move 50+ domains to a different service in a boycott of their now-reversed stance on SOPA. Apparently he wasn’t alone. So the real question, then, is whether it’s too late for GoDaddy to get all those customers back. Based on the fact that Heald isn’t budging, and the fact that they called two days before Christmas, signs aren’t looking good for the company. source (via • follow)
joost5 says: Most of the Redditors responding to the boycott are tech-savvy and ready. GoDaddy will end up feeling the sting of being on the wrong side of this issue. But even if they don’t respond, leaving GoDaddy is the right thing to do.
» SFB says: Yep, that’s exactly true, and they certainly will. But ultimately, your first point is the most salient: People who post at sites like Reddit or Hacker News are on a whole more likely to be aware of issues like this. Those aren’t the people who need to be reached, however. The people who need to be reached are the ones who are more likely to see Danica Patrick’s car on TV than a meme from Reddit. They don’t know what SOPA is, and if they did, they might understand the larger issue enough to boycott. Remember, 50 million domains go through GoDaddy; they can stand to lose a few thousand if it helps their bottom line. — Ernie @ SFB
The fact that there was any debate over whether to call in experts on such a matter should tell you something about the integrity of Congress. It’d be one thing if legitimate technical questions directed at the bill’s supporters weren’t met with either silence or veiled accusations that the other side was sympathetic to piracy. Yet here we are with a group of elected officials openly supporting a bill they can’t explain, and having the temerity to suggest there’s no need to “bring in the nerds” to suss out what’s actually on it… The chilling takeaway of this whole debacle was the irrefutable air of anti-intellectualism; that inescapable absurdity that we have members of Congress voting on a technical bill who do not posses any technical knowledge on the subject and do not find it imperative to recognize those who do.Joshua Kopstein, Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works (via drinkyourjuice)
This used to be funny, but now it’s really just terrifying. We’re dealing with legislation that will completely change the face of the internet and free speech for years to come. Yet here we are, still at the mercy of underachieving Congressional know-nothings that have more in common with the slacker students sitting in the back of math class than elected representatives. The fact that some of the people charged with representing us must be dragged kicking and screaming out of their complacency on such matters is no longer endearing — it’s just pathetic and sad.
Decades of evidence from around the globe all show the same thing: making copyright law or enforcement stricter does not work. It does not decrease infringement at all — and, quite frequently, leads to more infringement.From TechDirt’s article on PROTECT-IP and SOPA, titled “The Definitive Post On Why SOPA And Protect IP Are Bad, Bad Ideas.” If you had to cut down the entire argument to two sentences, these two are the ticket. By the way, in case you missed it the other night, there’s a letter floating around, allegedly sent by NBC Universal to its suppliers, attempting to strongarm them into supporting SOPA. Chew on that while you’re eating your breakfast of turkey and stuffing.
sinful-nature-deactivated201206 asks: I dont get why people are being complacent about the IP ACT. We must be more demonstrative. The internet is the one place where we all can be ourselves without guidelines on who we are. Why are people not signing the petition? Why are people not recognizing that this is infringing on the last option of freedom we have as individuals. If the gov't gains the right to infiltrate every aspect of our lives we lose the very thing that makes us who we are. The minority to majority.
» SFB says: The thing is, for many people, it’s a bit of a disconnect to see what PROTECT-IP and SOPA are capable of. And while we can understand apathy (it’s nothing new; see voting levels among 18-24s), but sometimes they need to see the effects of something like that need to be hammered down to the most basic form — something which Tumblr did quite effectively on Wednesday with their remarkable blacking-out of the site and political campaign. Too much stuff happens right under our nose. It’s hard to look away when you’re having fun. And I guess that what I find about the best Tumblrs is that they realize most people are like this and use this to their advantage — by doing the opposite. Don’t pull the wool over our eyes. Make it clear. — Ernie @ SFB (It’s our Office Hours! Shoot us a question over here.)