SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, has me worried. In a nutshell, SOPA is a proposed bill before the US congress that would allow owners of intellectual property to block or disable any website that they consider infringes on their intellectual property. It's a frightening slippery slope that promises to curtail freedom of speech on the internet.
GoDaddy announced they support SOPA. In fact, they were pretty vocal about it until about a week ago. As a result, and because I always hated the GoDaddy interface and their ad campaigns, I transferred all of my domains out of GoDaddy on Christmas Eve.
It was very easy following this handy tutorial. Just make sure you unlock your domains in GoDaddy first and export your authorization codes to expedite matters.
I went to NameCheap.com, although I could have gone to local pals coreFusion (sorry guys!) NameCheap.com is offering transfers below cost ($6.99 per transfer) all day today using the coupon code SOPASucks. Additionally, for every domain transfer initiated today, they will donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to help them continue the legal fight against SOPA, PROTECT-IP, and other overbroad and ill-considered legislation.
If you've still got your domain names with GoDaddy, today might be a good day to transfer them. I'm glad I did.