Where does Yola stand with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

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The US House Judiciary Committee has adjourned on this issue without voting until 2012 but the public sentiment is really heating up in the US with GoDaddy being a prior supporter of this act and now suffering a tremendous backlash from the public.

Various freedom of rights activists are preparing to do all kinds of political and commercial actions against companies and the US Govt if this bill goes through claiming this is a direct violation of freedom of expression and an open slather into internet censorship.

The specific backlash against GoDaddy was the migration of 72,000 domains away from their domain registrations and it's increasing rapidly.

I wonder where Yola stand on this issue?
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Posted 7 years ago

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There has been a lot of discussion lately about a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives, commonly known as “SOPA”, short for the Stop Online Piracy Act, and the Protect-IP act (PIPA), the Senate version. We wanted to make sure that our customers know where we stand.

SOPA and PIPA would have far-reaching effects on companies that host web content, and those users who generate that content. Yola supports balancing protection of intellectual property and an open internet, but we do not support the current legislation as written.

If the current proposals are adapted, technology providers including web hosts would be put in a position of policing content on user generated sites. Companies providing technology platforms have not been, and are not, the appropriate authority to make the call on rights management decisions and this change could have far reaching implications, including disabling innumerable legal and legitimate business sites.

We hope that concerned Yola customers, or anyone enjoying broad access to information and freedom of expression on the internet, will make their voice heard to local representatives in the House and Senate. If you are currently hosting a domain with a company that has put support behind these initiatives, and would prefer to move your business to Yola, please follow the instructions in the following tutorial available here:

http://www.yola.com/tutorials/article...

-Dave
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Thank you Dave for your response.

You mention " ..we do not support the current legislation as written. ". This implies that you would support an amended SOPA? Isn't this exactly where other companies stand and are being boycotted?

The opponents who are voting with their feet are calling for a total rejection of the bill?

It seems to be defined as an "all or nothing support" rather than supporting amendments which is seen as support. By this definition then Yola would be seen as a supporter of SOPA.
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KanThaiDecor

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Gop this bill needs to be set on fire and burned for all time.
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That's what I am hearing KTD.

Political commentators though seem to be saying that it will go through because of the lack of inertia by the electorate. The whole purpose of the Bill seems to be that the power of the US related authorities will reach into other national jurisdictions. Of course it can't directly but it certainly can indirectly with trade coercion and so on. This is really scarey.
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KanThaiDecor

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Why do you think the name of the bill is what it is? If people really understood this they would be very upset.We know more because we are in the web business and keep up with things concerning the net.
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And the penny drops!

Thank you for your insight KTD. I really enjoy your considered opinions and learn a lot from these.
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If yola supports this act them I'm going with my business.
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Thank you for the comment, Keith. Per the posting above, Yola does not support the proposed legislation as currently written. We oppose it.
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KanThaiDecor

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The USA government should be ashamed of this and it is my hope that the US Supreme Court will in the end rule this unconstitutional.... It goes far far beyond what the name of the act implies.
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How would this affect those of us in Canada that have sites hosted by Yola?
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It is possible, potentially even likely, that there will be substantial revisions prior to a final version being passed. Currently it is delayed. We are hesitant to speculate until something more concrete is put forward, but we are optimistic that the answer will be "not at all."
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I am glad at yola's stance with this topic. Your service is commendable and hopefully will not be tarnished by such an act.