01|18|2012 05:27 pm EDT
I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the online protest with sites like Wikipedia, Reddit.com and thousands of other sites going “dark” to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation. Even Google blacked out their logo today in protest.
If you haven’t noticed this maybe you noticed that your favorite registrar also joined in the protest. Domain name registrars such as NameCheap.com, Name.com, Hover.com (and likely some others I’m not aware of) jumped on the protest bandwagon today as well. Name.com blacked out their sites name similar to what Google.com did. Hover.com, whose parent company Tucows shut down their software downloading site for the day, ran a simple header across the top of their site in protest. Namecheap.com took it the furthest with a complete “overlay” of their home page turning it in to a virtual blackout in protest of the US legislation.
Godaddy.com which had previously been blasted for supporting the bill also did their best to protest their new stance with a pip-squeak banner ad “below the fold/babes” on their homepage. With all the bells and whistle distractions on the Godaddy homepage, I’m sure this caused mass confusion for their customer base :)
Many before me have pointed out the concern with the SOPA and PIPA legislation and why it is dangerous. Hopefully the US legislators begin to hear from the people that are opposed to this and start to change their stance or reconsider the way to fix the problem without creating more problems.