Friday, December 23, 2011

If you're boycotting GoDaddy, who else are you boycotting?

Now we're getting into silly mode.

Earlier today I was writing a post about how GoDaddy was getting great publicity for its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). While writing the post, I discovered that GoDaddy had reversed its position and now opposes the act.

Despite this, some people believe - perhaps rightly - that GoDaddy should still be punished for supporting SOPA in the first place.

So the tech community is now whipping itself into a frenzy by talking non-stop about GoDaddy and how evil GoDaddy is and how GoDaddy is begging people to come back bla bla bla.

There's only one little problem with this. Actually, there are two little problems with this.

First, as I noted in my earlier post, GoDaddy thrives on this sort of thing. Over the last several years, they've ridden moral outrage all the way to the bank.

Second, and I know that this may be a shock to those who just depend upon the major blogs for news, but GoDaddy isn't the only company that supported SOPA.

So if you're going to boycott GoDaddy, why not boycott EVERY company that supports SOPA?

Let's take Ashton Kutcher. Earlier today (perhaps before GoDaddy changed its mind), he helpfully tweeted:

I am moving my domains off of @Godaddy due to their support for #SOPA. Paul Graham is also doing the right thing (cc @paulg)

I wonder if Kutcher is aware that his show is broadcast by a company that also supports SOPA. Is he going to pull a Charlie Sheen and quit working for Viacom? Somehow I doubt it.

As you are busily switching your GoDaddy domains, what are you planning to do this weekend? Watch some football? Put on some makeup? Run up some last minute credit card charges? Why aren't you boycotting the National Football League, Revlon, Mastercard, and Visa? After all, they - along with Viacom - all support SOPA.

And in case you'd like a list of all of the companies that support SOPA, the House Judiciary Committee has helpfully provided this list of SOPA supporters. (Note for the URL-challenged - it's ROGUE websites, not ROUGE websites.)

60 Plus Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Bankers Association (ABA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Beachbody, LLC
BMG Chrysalis
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
Cengage Learning
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Copyright Alliance
Coty, Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Creative America
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
EMI Christian Music Group2
EMI Music Publishing
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Lost Highway Records
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McGraw-Hill Education
Mercury Nashville
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition3
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
News Corporation
Pearson Education
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Pfizer, Inc.
Provident Music Group
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Republic Nashville
Scholastic, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Showdog Universal Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner
True Religion Brand Jeans
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Olympic Committee
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Visa Inc.
W.W. Norton & Company
Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P.
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment

So let's see if people are serious about battling SOPA.

Incidentally, if you are interesting in knowing what WILL stop SOPA - and trust me, saying bad things about GoDaddy, or even the United States Tennis Association, isn't going to make a bit of difference - be sure to read this Google+ item from Jason Roberts. Here's a brief excerpt:

The pro-SOPA faction lead by the RIAA, MPAA and the like are not screwing around, and the only realistic way to repel their offensive is to fight fire with fire. That's right. In order to have even the slightest chance of repelling this bill a lot of money is going to have to be spent paying off the politicians. I know it's a dirty game and you want no part of it, but that's what it's going to take. If you want to win in Washington, then you need to know the rules of the game, and the rules say that he who spends the most money wins (usually).
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