SOPA Battle Continues, GoDaddy Switches Sides

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In mid-December, the House Judiciary Committee adjourned without deciding whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act to the full house, and without setting a new date for a vote. At the time, Wired's David Kravets explained Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who sponsored the bill, agreed to further explore a provision in the bill that would allow the attorney general to "order changes to core Internet infrastructure" to prevent copyright violations.


That provision in particular is under fire from those who engineered the Internet in the first place. They say the provision is technically flawed. It would require Internet service providers to alter the Internet's domain-naming system to prevent users from visiting sites "dedicated to infringing activity." But experts say that putting false information into the DNS "would be ineffective, frustrate security initiatives and lead to software workarounds."


Though the committee has heard from several stakeholders on the issue, it has yet to call an Internet engineer to testify, Wired reported.


Previously, domain name and hosting company GoDaddy.com supported the bill, but last week, the company flipped and now opposes it. CEO Warren Adelman told reporters the change came after decision-makers had the opportunity to hear what other industry leaders had to say about the measure. The Washington Post reports the company also received several questions and concerns from customers regarding where the bill, if enacted, would lead.


The bill's proponents maintain that the other side's Internet security concerns are overstated.