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How SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Can Cripple the Internet & U.S. Business Innovation

Stop CensorshipHave you heard about Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently under consideration in Congress? If passed, SOPA will require Web hosting companies like 1&1 and GoDaddy to police websites in order to prevent them from communicating copyrighted information on the internet.

GoDaddy initially supported SOPA, then backtracked and came out against it. But the damage was done. The company has lost more than 72,000 domain registrations through Dec. 25 and today, it may lose more thanks to an effort by a Reddit user proclaiming Dec. 29 “Dump GoDaddy Day.”

Hosting site looks to cash in on GoDaddy debacle

1&1 hosts my website, and sent me an email today touting their opposition to SOPA. They also “graciously” offered its services to anyone who was not satisfied with their hosting company. (A not so subtle dig at GoDaddy!) Here’s 1&1’s quote from the email I received:

“At 1&1 we support you, our customer, and an open internet. If you find that
you are supporting a company that encourages SOPA and wish to drop them as
a provider, please follow the simple instructions contained on the website
linked below.”

I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard about SOPA until this GoDaddy news came up. But now that I have, I am deeply troubled by it. I urge everyone to contact their legislators in Congress to stop this bill from becoming law in its present form. A website has been setup to help concerned citizens get the word out:

The following video explains how SOPA could wind up crippling the Internet, stifling U.S. innovation and even put companies like Facebook out of business.

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About the Author
Gloria Grace Rand is an award-winning SEO blogger, former writer/producer for the PBS-TV news program, “Nightly Business Report,” and the owner of Web to Wealth Marketing. As an internationally known leading expert in internet marketing, Gloria develops innovative workshops and masterminds that help creative professionals and service providers improve their online visibility and profitability. She is also a Contributing Author of three best-selling books, “Unscripted: How Entrepreneurs Leap and Find Success,” “Conceived to Lead,” and “Connect: 100+ Mind-Blowing Strategies to Use Social Media and Drive Business Growth.”

1 thought on “How SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Can Cripple the Internet & U.S. Business Innovation”

  1. I hadn’t heard about SOPA till the goDaddy stories either Gloria, but it actually got me to move over my domain hosting elsewhere. I’ve been wanting to move away from goDaddy for a while now, and this gave me the “perfect” excuse. A rather upsetting one, to be sure, but an excuse nonetheless.

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