Company says outbound transfers are up due to prior support of controversial bill.
Responding to inquiries from Domain Name Wire and other news outlets, domain name registrar GoDaddy.com has issued a statement about an increase in domain transfer activity due to the company’s prior support of Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA):
“We have observed a spike in domain name transfers, which are running above normal rates and which we attribute to Go Daddy’s prior support for SOPA, which was reversed,” said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. “Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.”
Although the company has not disclosed actual outbound domain transfers due to its prior SOPA support, numbers floating around the web based on nameserver transfers are likely highly inaccurate.
The proposed “transfer day” for customers to move domain names away from the registrar was today. However, the boycott was proposed prior to the company changing its stance on SOPA.