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NameCheap resurrects anti-SOPA transfers promo

Kevin Murphy, January 14, 2013, 14:41:03 (UTC), Domain Registrars

NameCheap has decided to bring back the promotion that saw roughly 20,000 domain names transferred to it from Go Daddy, in protest of the company’s stance on US legislation, a year ago.

Its “second annual Move Your Domain Day” will be on January 22, with inbound transfers costing $3.99 (a buck cheaper than last year) on domains in the five biggest gTLDs.

It will donate $0.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for every transfer, escalating to $1 and $1.50 if it gets more than 10,000 and 20,000 domains respectively.

The original promo was an opportunistic move to capitalize on Go Daddy’s support for the censor-happy Stop Online Piracy Act, which caused a great deal of controversy a year ago.

SOPA is now of course dead, and the senior Go Daddy executive who was most vocally in support of the bill, general counsel Christine Jones, is no longer with the company.

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Comments (2)

  1. Rubens Kuhl says:

    The opportunity now could be the untimely death of Aaron Swartz, I guess.

  2. mike says:

    GoDaddy actually made money off the publicity as more real businesses transferred IN than out.

    People that will move a domain for $5 are not GoDaddy’s target as they just transfer again on the next coupon.

    NameSilo is cheapest all the time and offers free privacy all the time. Plus they have a published phone number and NameCheap does not. So NameSilo is a better alternative for the GoDaddy haters.

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