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GoDaddy, SOPA and You

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GoDaddy's statement before congress regarding SOPA was published yesterday and suffice to say that the negative response has been overwhelming. That's exactly how it should be too. We at DNSimple oppose SOPA and any attempt by the US government to try to rule the Internet. DNSimple vehemently opposes any attempts to censor the Internet or to provide the facilities to do so. Unfortunately if SOPA passes there will be little that can be done to stop site takedowns in the US and blocking of sites outside the US. Even as it stands now, sites can be taken down by going after them at the root name servers, as the US government has done previously.

Trying to regulate the Internet on a country-by-country level is an ineffective policy, plain and simple. Giving too much power to entities that have clearly demonstrated the will to abuse it should not be allowed. If you don't believe me, then how about reading through the letter sent to congress by 83 well-known and respected engineers who have all contributed massively to the Internet in one way or another.

If you are a US citizen, then write or call your congressperson and tell them that they should vote against SOPA. Call or write your senator while you're at it and let them know how you feel. If you are not a US citizen then make sure your government knows that you oppose censorship of the Internet and that they should not follow the lead of the US in this case. And above all, do not support companies that support SOPA.

Keep the Internet free.

PS. If you're ready to say Goodbye to GoDaddy, we'll transfer the domain at cost.

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