GoDaddy, however, is still—like any sensible human being—opposed to online piracy, but it believes the government can do better in prosecuting suspected crimes without resorting to internet blacklisting and other forms of censorship.
It is believed by many, myself included as well as other Death and Taxes writers, that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) might well inadvertently censor dissidents and whistleblowers who communicate through anonymous networks such as Tor. The reality of such legislation is that it’s not so much about the intent of the legislation (to combat online pirated content), but how it might well be used in other avenues in the future. We know that government often utilizes laws in a fashion that is beyond the original intent; and, in the wrong hands, whether it be a president or burueacrats, SOPA could be a destructive force in a free and open society.
And so it is encouraging to see that GoDaddy CEO Warren Adelman agrees, at least to an extent, on SOPA. “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 said in a statement.
As Adelman said in an interview with Mashable shortly after his statement, “We were seeing and hearing customers and tech leaders — many of which are our customers — talking and writing about this so we did something that was easy to do: made changes to address their needs.”
It’s nice to see a business responding to its customers and critics. Would that it could always be so.