'Move Your Domain' Campaign Against GoDaddy Flops

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Consumers appear to have already forgiven GoDaddy for its past support of the Stop Internet Privacy Act (SOPA) now before Congress.

On Thursday, declared Move Your Domain day by GoDaddy competitor Namecheap, the Internet's largest domain registrar had a net 20,748 domains transferred to it during the period, according to DailyChanges, a domain number crunching site.

By comparison, Namecheap had a slight net decrease in transfers, 517.

According to DailyChanges, Go Daddy has 32.2 million domains under its wing; Namecheap, 3.48 million.

Go Daddy has been the target of opponents of SOPA, who called for domain holders to transfer their holdings to other registrars in retaliation for Go Daddy's support of the legislation. Those protests persuaded Go Daddy to reverse its position on the bill.

Opponents of the measure assert it will allow the U.S. government to censor the Internet. Supporters argue the legislation is needed to protect intellectual property from being pirated in cyberspace.

Despite its withdrawal of support for SOPA and its Senate counterpart, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), competing registrars have been hammering GoDaddy for its past backing of the bills and urging domain holders to jump ship.

One of the most vocal rivals in that vein has been Namecheap. Not only was it a major proponent of Move Your Domain Day, which was initially hatched on the Reddit social news website, but it has also accused GoDaddy of using administrative means to impede the transfer of domains to other registrars.

While SOPA adversaries have been able to change GoDaddy's mind on the bill, changing the stance of legislators may be a different matter, although the bill's opponents appear ready to battle in that arena, too. They've started a campaign on Reddit called Operation Cork Screw to unseat PIPA supporter Rep. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) who is up for reelection in 2012.

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