Staring Down the SOPA Threat from the Public Square

SOPA is one of those sudsy scandals that don’t easily wipe off in the public wash.  Once you claim you’re all-in on SOPA, it’s difficult to recant and back out and say you didn’t mean it, and GoDaddy is learning that sticky lesson in heated spades:

GoDaddy was one of the few tech firms to back SOPA but it took its name off the public list of supporters following pressure by big web names and many angry customers.

Wikipedia said it would move its domains away from GoDaddy, as did the Cheezburger Network, owner of Lolcats, and image hosting firm Imgur.

In a statement explaining its change of heart, GoDaddy boss Warren Adelman said: “Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why GoDaddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better.”

In an interview with tech news site Gizmodo, Mr Adelman took a neutral stance on SOPA but said the company might support it if there were a consensus among net firms on its wording.

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easyDNS and the Lack of Mainstream Media Morality

UPDATE:  48 Minutes After Original Publication.

This article deserves an immediate update and, unlike the New York Times, my updates and corrections always go at the head of my articles and not at the very end.  Half an hour ago, I heard from Mark Jeftovic at easyDNS and I received permission to republish his email here:

Hi David,

I really appreciated reading your article on the entire “wikileaks” fiasco. It was nice to finally see the entire account related by a third party and basically get it right, from beginning to (almost the) end.

Really great, I am very grateful to you, thank you.

The latest development is that as of a few hours ago, we were added to the DNS delegation for and expect the .org to follow:

What a weekend.

Thanks again.


Here is my reply to Mark:

Hi Mark!

Thanks for the email!  Your response means a lot to me.

You are handling this so well — it’s like you very own special “Mainstream Media DDoS attack!”  SMILE!

I was going to mention in my article that the best revenge would be for you guys to step forward and actually back up WikiLeaks as a DNS fallback — but I didn’t want to put you in any more wondering jeopardy — how great it is that you guys stepped into the fray and put your backbone into WikiLeaks?  I love it!  Now I wonder how soon you’ll hear from Joe Lieberman and the frantic frenzied?

Do you mind if I add your email as an update to my article?

I thank you!



Long Live easyDNS!

If there’s any sort of notion of morality in the mainstream media — don’t ask to stand in the pulpit to testify — because easyDNS have wrongly been nailed to the cross to bleed for the WikiLeaks debacle, all because of rotten and lazy reporting that basically leaves easyDNS for dead.

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