How stupid does a company have to be to take an aggressive stance on a hugely controversial issue and then abruptly reverse itself — unconvincingly, to be sure — when customers start noticing? If you want to look like a gaggle of idiots, that’s perhaps the best way for a company to do it.
What was GoDaddy thinking?
Either the company had a valid reason to support SOPA — and I can think of some — or it did not. I will presume the company is less stupid and more gutless, so they had a good reason for supporting SOPA but lacked the guts to take fire when that position became known.
SOPA, depending on what side you are on, would either stop sales of counterfeit goods over the web or blow web security and privacy sky-high. While I support the noble goal stopping crime, technical troubles make SOPA unworkable. I have written elsewhere that the only way to effectively deal with piracy is to engineer a better or new Internet.
You have to wonder about the lack of corporate good sense that led GoDaddy into this mess. Did they think nobody would find out about their SOPA support or that customers wouldn’t care? Surely, they didn’t believe Internet enthusiast customers would actually welcome GoDaddy’s SOPA support?