Go Daddy pulls support for SOPA

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Stop Online Privacy Act ( SOPA) or H.R. 3261, is a controversial bill that has been making its way through congress along with Senate Bill 968 , known as the PROTECT IP Act.

Supporters of the bills say they will strengthen copyright protection and protect revenue for online content creators.

Critics say the bills will negatively affect consumers by restricting freedom of speech and that SOPA actually weakens existing copyright protections.

Scottsdale-based Go Daddy originally supported the bills, but on Tuesday they pulled their support after facing a growing backlash from customers who believe SOPA is bad for the internet.  

 Data Doctor's owner Ken Colburn says the bills are too broad, and could be used to shut down something as simple as a home video with copyrighted music playing in the background. 

Internet giants including Google, Facebook, and Zynga have all publcally opposed the bill.

As the bills are debated in congress, thousands of people who bought domain names and website hosting services from Go Daddy have cancelled their accounts and taken their business elsewhere.  There is even on online movement proclaiming December 29 as "Dump Go Daddy" day.

As the backlash spread, the company change its postion and withdrew support for the bills.

In a statement released today, Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman said, "Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation, but we can clearly do better. Go Daddy will support it when and if the internet community supports it.