New GoDaddy CEO explains his company’s reversal of support for SOPA.
GoDaddy just pulled its support of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill designed to protect intellectual property.
The reversal came after a call for a boycott of GoDaddy because of its support hit a fevered pitch yesterday. Although GoDaddy has supported SOPA from the beginning, its name was included in a list of supporters that was published this week.
Warren Adelman, who became CEO of GoDaddy upon the closing of an investment by KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures last Friday, told Domain Name Wire he was able to take a step back and evaluate the company’s support of SOPA.
“I’ve been in this role as CEO for exactly a week,” he said. “I had the luxury of coming in and looking at this from that vantage point and make this decision.”
Adelman was president and COO of the company before stepping into the CEO role.
The uproar from customers and the media over the past twenty-four hours helped shape his opinion.
“We’ve heard from our customers and it’s clear there’s no consensus in the internet community” supporting the bill, he said. “We also don’t think the bill is ready in its current form.”
Adelman said the company won’t step back from taking an active role in internet legislation. The company has backed previous legislation for shutting down rogue internet pharmacies. It has also worked to protect children on the internet.
The company didn’t see an abnormal number of outbound domain name transfers yesterday, he said. But Adelman said the company “acted quickly” because of customer feedback about the company’s stance on SOPA.