Those who follow me on Twitter/Facebook or very tech-eagle-eyed might have noticed that my domain host changed for Radio CLash a few days ago to host in the Bahamas. Reason for this was growing upset with GoDaddy, my previous host whose CEO not only makes RyanAir’s CEO look warm and fuzzy (elephant hunting!??) but they recently supported the draconian US Stop Online Piracy Act which was the last straw and I took my business elsewhere, even though it cost me. I wasn’t alone in that, with a mass boycott & pull out with guides on how to transfer popping up all over the place (doesn’t help their rivals were gleefully snubbing their noses at them and being vocally anti-SOPA).
Looks like hitting them in the pocket worked – they are reconsidering their stance to SOPA already. Sadly Marvel and Disney have come out in support also. This blog post talks about that and about the issues facing the comic book industry also gives a good description for all people why SOPA is so dangerous. Similar to the silly UK Digital Economy Act the State want to setup Great Firewalls ala China to ban sites that are deemed to pirate material or even post links to infringing material- which not only in the strictest sense knocks out a lot of YouTube, all mashups inc this site, Twitter, large parts of Facebook and blogging sites – also poses a big risk for free speech. Combines with the scary Section 1031 of NNDA 2012 which it’s indefinite detention clause and the claim of America as being Land of the Free seems to be getting more and more laughable.
And the fact that such bodies like the RIAA and BREIN (their Dutch counterpart) have been caught stealing isn’t lost on me either.
If you’re interested in organising other SOPA boycotts you might find this list of SOPA supporters very useful (via asteris) – especially interesting the ‘cool’ brands like Adidas America, Nike, Harley Davidson & Dolce & Gabbana are also supporters…
(thanks to BristleKRS for the Comic Book link)