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Posts Tagged ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’

GoDaddy Finally Does Something to Turn People Off

GoDaddy has been busting the boundaries of good taste with its advertising for years. This year, CEO Bob Parsons went a step further by adding animal cruelty to the list of offenses. But none of that has compared to the backlash against the company over its support for Stop Online Piracy Act.

The two sides of SOPA have been going at it since October, with tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter staunchly against it and entertainment companies among the biggest supporters. CNET has got an FAQ on the issue and we’ve covered the outreach from both sides here.

GoDaddy had been on the list of SOPA supporters before it released this statement saying it changed its mind. GoDaddy supported SOPA? That is something people simply will not allow.

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Social Media Plays a Role For and Against SOPA

There is very little Facebook and Google would agree on, but the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being heralded as a law so overbearing that even the two tech giants have teamed up to stop it dead in its tracks.

On its surface, if SOPA passes it could be good for entertainment companies, who will have enormous power to shut down websites they deem threatening to their public images, whether that be the case or not. The language of the bill allows for foreign websites trafficking in American entertainment to be censored, but opponents say it’s so vague that the U.S. government would end up censoring sites left and right, and we would end up with all the online freedom of countries such as China or Iran.

A judge in Nevada is already generating fierce backlash over an order to “de-index” tons of websites for selling fake Chanel perfume. Before this story began making its way around the media, both sides of the issue were using social media — tweets and sites like Tumblr and Reddit — to share their opinions.