By Matt Mickiewicz

GoDaddy Supports SOPA – Here’s How To Transfer Your Domains

By Matt Mickiewicz, one of the most popular domain name registrars, has come out in support of SOPA – The Stop Online Piracy Act.

Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, eloquently summed up SOPA in his Popular Mechanics column:

“[SOPA] would allow for the wholesale elimination of entire websites, domain names, and chunks of the DNS (the underlying structure of the whole Internet), based on nothing more than the “good faith” assertion by a single party that the website is infringing on a copyright of the complainant. The accused doesn’t even have to be aware that the complaint has been made. ”

SitePoint urges everyone to VOTE WITH THEIR DOLLARS and transfer your domain names away from GoDaddy, to another registrar such as NameCheap (try SOPAsucks as a promo code) or eNom.

Here’s how to Transfer Your Domain From Godaddy:

1. Make sure your domain name is at least 90 days old

2. Cancel your “Domains By Proxy” registration, if applicable by logging into

3. Unlock your domain name (login, go to Domain Manager, Select All Domains, click Locking icon, uncheck Lock domains, click OK).

4. Ensure you are not using GoDaddy’s NameServer ( for your domain(s).If you are, switch these to the name servers provided by your hosting company.

5. If an AUTH code is required by your new registrar, go to “Tools” -> Exportable Lists, click on Add New Export, Select All My Domains as the list type, check the Authorization codes box, generate the exportable list.

6. Follow the instructions by your new registrar for transferring in domain names

7. Go back to GoDaddy and check “Pending Transfers” (this might take a few hours to show up), check all the domains and click ACCEPT.

Goodbye Godaddy! Good riddance!

  • George

    If SOPA is no good, what do you suggest in its place? IP infringement is a huge issue in so many respects and I’d like to know how you would suggest SOPA could be changed to solve the IP Infringement issue while removing the items you find offensive. I am all for protecting our liberties, but the whole anti-SOPA arguments seem contrived by companies concerned about their bottom line more than the concerns of SOPA’s infringement on 1st amendment rights.

    • @George: I am in favor of protecting Copyrights. But website owners should still be given at least a warning and a chance to remove any copyright infringing content rather than being simply kicked off the web.

      With SOPA most sites will become read-only. Byebye forums, dating sites, indie arcades, as all it would take is some newbie uploading a copyrighted image to get those sites shut down.

    • Mike

      The only reason people choose to pirate is because more often than not these avenues provide a far better technological option. You could buy a DVD, put it in your PC, watch through a ton of anti-piracy ads and then watch the movie or download it and watch there and then. The same goes for music!

      The best case study that the media doesn’t want to talk about is Spotify. Back when it was free the illegal downloading of music dropped significantly. Sadly, the record labels wanted more money and Spotify could no longer offer its service.

      SOPA is flawed from the beginning, and should it ever come into play it’ll be shot down again by technology. It’s not even implemented and there are already Firefox extensions to route connections through external IP’s.

  • levicole

    I would also like to point out that is also an awesome registrar and dns hosting service with a fantastic API.

  • This morning I had 5 domains at GoDaddy. By this afternoon I had just two, having transferred three over to Enom. The other two will take a little longer as one is going to Domainsite (their .ws prices were more competitive) and the last one is still within the initial 90 day period.

  • is another great hosting site that is against SOPA.

  • Thanks for this article. It helps me transfer my domains out of godaddy

  • Alex

    I hated GoDaddy already for being such a painfully slow web host. It’s irritating that most of my clients are on GoDaddy since they’re so cheap. Thanks to this article, I have another reason to add to my “Why I hate GoDaddy” list.

  • Kise S.

    yeah i transferred all of my domains way from them to

  • Hamish Durkin

    It’s good to see that you have taken such a strong stance on the issue.

  • Chilly8

    I found out last year it can be like pulling teeth to get a domain name transferred out of GoDaddy. The only thing I can do is just turn off auto-renew, and re-register each domain elsehwere as it expires.

    • Anonymous

      you can transfer your domain. don’t just let it expire. it will be months before it’s available again to repurchase it elsewhere.

    • I found it incredibly easy. The three I moved to Enom were completed within about 2 hours. The transfer to Domainsite took longer because I had to email their helpdesk, they reissued the transfer email and then just like Enom it was completed in about an hour. My fifth domain was still within the 90 day initial registration period so I couldn’t transfer it, so I deleted it instead. It wasn’t a good domain name and I felt it was morally wrong to keep it at GoDaddy.

  • For namecheap you can use the BYEBYEGD coupon code to get a discount :)

  • Andrew

    Good thing I never registered my domain at GD. I was turned off by their stupid Super Bowl commercials. I won’t buy a product just because you fake like your gonna show me some scantily-clad females.
    And then pretend that your commericals are “controversial”.
    And then tell me to go to your website to “see more!”.
    And then end by never showing me anything worthwhile.

  • Jack

    George: I would suggest nothing in its place. The proposed law provides for plaintiffs to punish anyone they believe is an infringer, without any need for policemen, judges, juries or courts. The punishment is to be carried out by designated third parties, at their own expense. Among the prescribed methods of punishment is the deliberate and systematic forgery of DNS data, and concommitant damage to the internet infrastructure. The Bill was evidently devised by people who *really* don’t like the internet very much.

    There is already international treaty law that makes copyright violation a crime (it used to be a civil offense). If someone has violated an IP owner’s rights, the rights-holder already has the weapons they need to sue for damages or have them prosecuted, as long as they can produce convincing evidence that the offence occurred, and who was the perp.

  • Don’t believe what the content industry is telling you. IP infringement is not a huge issue at all. While I am not denying that unlicenced duplication of copyrighted material happens on the Internet (please don’t call it “theft” or “piracy”, it’s none of these things), it has to my knowledge never been conclusively shown to case losses to anyone, much less for the content industry. (The people who do the most unlicenced duplication are the same ones who spend the most money on licenced content, or so studies say.) And no, I personally do not copy unlicenced material as per German copyright law, which for me is the applicable one.

    Let me put it another way: Shoplifting exists. And it is a real economic issue for retailers. So to protect them, everyone entering a shopping center or inner-city shopping street will have to wear transparent clothing and and use transparent bags only, because non-transparent fabric can be used to hide lifted items.

    In contrast to SOPA, this would probably work to a degree and make shoplifting really hard — but it has so obvious human-rights and privacy issues no-one suggests it in earnest. SOPA is no different, really.

  • Matt

    I transferred away from Go Daddy this morning. $10 with the registrar Cory at Boing Boing recommended

  • Doug

    I agree with George. Nobody is real excited about the government getting more authority to lock the Internet down, but I’ve haven’t heard may alternatives from the online community. Music, applications, books and video games are all valuable and took real time and effort to make. However, a significant number of Internet users have no qualms about “acquiring” these digital items without paying for them. From my point of view, we, as users, have not provided any alternatives and the companies, authors and artists involved haven’t found a good way to protect their businesses. That’s when the government steps in. Personally, I think we shouldn’t be surprised that they had to try something to slow their losses.

    • Glen

      A counter argument would be from comedian Louis CK, who recently (Dec. 10) put up his Live at the Beacon Theater show for download for $5 – no DRM at all. Given the choice between pirating or paying for the show, it looks like most people willingly pay. He’s posted an update that after just 12 days of having the show available for sale, he’s received over $1,000,000 US in sales. The URL so you can see for yourself is

      • The point is that the individual artist should be able to make their own decision as to whether they want to offer their work for free. It’s not up to some random internet user to make the decision for them.

        And while famous writers/comedians/musicians/whatever might be able to make money in this way, I’m not convinced those who aren’t famous will persuade people to pay when there’s a free alternative, and they are the ones who are struggling financially and need protection.

    • Sebastian

      so you believe that for once the government will actually step in for the good of humanity???

      • Not with SOPA, clearly, but there are plenty of examples where governments do good things. Depending on your political point of view, that might include national health services, maintaining armed forces, welfare state, provision of police services, and so on.

  • Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA! –

  • Rocky

    I am moving my domains today (8), and will suggest my clients to the same.

  • Ki
    • Luke

      More like “Internet spanks Go Daddy. Go Daddy yanks SOPA Support.”

  • Scott Moody

    Just checked GD and they have just stated they are officially NOT supporting SOPA as it is written right now. They are still for it and are trying to get the bill rewritten and then I’m sure the will be backing it once again.

    From the sound of it, being the ONLY internet company on the SOPA list and from what GD has said, it seems like GD has been a huge part of getting this bill to congress.

  • vadim

    Even if GD doesnt support should still transfer

  • KIm

    Thanks for the easy, clear instructions. Even if GoDaddy did withdraw support of SOPA, I would still want to transfer my domain names. I just needed this little shove to make it happen. GoDaddy’s add-on sales and upselling are obnoxious and deceptive, and overwhelming for my clients.

    • KIm

      And yes, their hosting is ridiculously slow.

  • Matt Mickiewicz

    We’re having an impact, here’s how many domains got transferred from GoDaddy —

    Monday (8,800)
    Tuesday (13,000)
    Wednesday (14,500)
    Thursday (15,000)
    Friday (21,054)

  • There’s just nothing that anyone can do to really stop the theft of your digital goods except you (and definitely not the government). Digital goods are inherently easy to steal and there’s nothing you can do about that. The vast majority of people will pay for things and you’ll just have to deal with those people who don’t.

  • Apparently you’re missing the point that it’s not the duty or responsibility of the US government to police the internet. If you own a retail outlet and someone steals from your store and uses the product in their house – the government is not going to place a security guard on watch to guard you from now on. It’s YOUR OWN responsibility to stop, it’s YOUR OWN responsibility to prove that they did it, and it’s YOUR OWN responsibility to press charges.

    We’ve already done this with DMCA but unfortunately recording companies, representation companies, and large brands are inherently cheap and lazy. This is not the governments job and never should be.

  • Marcia

    In your directions, you make it sound so simple to do Step 2 (Cancel your Privacy by Domains by Proxy). Oh, would it be that it was so simple!

    I could scream!!! I have wasted nearly 5 days–so far– trying to transfer a single domain from GoDaddy to another registrar. This domain, sadly, has Privacy attached (through GoDaddy’s alter ego, Domains by Proxy–DBP). As long as Privacy is “on” a transfer cannot take place.

    Now, here’s the problem: When my previous registrar, Registerfly went out of business, this domain was automatically transferred to GoDaddy. I don’t remember exactly at what point the Privacy feature was attached. From many complaints I have recently been reading, one year of Privacy was given free. As I said I don’t remember now what the circumstances were. But here’s the rub: When Privacy was established with Domains by Proxy, I was never sent any information about an account number or password for that part of my account. Since I never received it, I assumed that it was the same login information and account number as my GoDaddy account. Man, was I wrong!!!!

    What a slick bunch of operators these psychopaths are! They are masters of making you jump through multiple serial hoops in order to wear you down so you don’t transfer out of their little piece of HELL.

    Now that I want to transfer my domain, I need to turn off Privacy. In order to turn off Privacy, I need to know my DBP account number and password. Since I was never given an account # and password for the DBP aspect of my domain account, I have no way to enter the DBP account to turn off Privacy.

    When I attempted to turn of Privacy at DBP, and when I discovered that I didn’t have the account # to do so, I asked them to send me the information by email. Never got the email. Multiple calls to support didn’t help. Maybe the account was opened when I had a different email and they never updated it ( GoDaddy did, but never shared the info with DBP– and since I had no contact with DBP directly, I couldn’t change it there.) So maybe my email address was a black hole and I couldn’t receive their response. Maybe. Maybe not.

    So what’s a gal (sucker) to do? DBP has a web form where you can fill in a bunch of information and update your email address and attached a photo ID (passport) and they will presumably send you your account number and login info. I dutifully filled it in. Well, today I received their reply. And guess what, they need me to do ONE MORE THING. Since this domain name uses the name of my business and not my personal name, they now need me to send them proof that this business name exists. This name is a DBA (doing business as) name, but not officially. I have never registered it with my town because it’s such a small and inconsequential business.

    In order to give them proof of the name, I need to go to my town office and pay them $40 and fill out a bunch of forms and possibly incur the wrath of the town zoning board. All to please GoDaddy/DBP’s bottomless pit of evil.

    Here’s what they want now:
    A Request For Email Update form was received for XXX.COM. We acknowledge receipt of the photo ID. However, to process this request we require a copy of government-issued business ID for the company listed as the current account holder.

    Acceptable forms of government-issued business ID include:

    • A copy of a government-issued business license from a local, county, state or federal agency
    • ‘Doing Business As’ documentation
    • Fictitious Name documentation
    • Tax certificate documentation issued by the IRS (sending the EIN number alone is insufficient)
    • IRS 501(c)3 or 147 (c) Determination Letter – you may request a copy of this letter by contacting the IRS at 1.800.829.4933
    • State issued certificate of tax exemption showing charitable status

    Note: Articles of incorporation/organization, employment applications, documents printed from the Internet, and/or tax returns will NOT be accepted as government-issued business ID.

    Please reply directly to this email and attach a scanned or digital photo of the required documentation to it.

    And one other thing. WE WANT YOUR FIRST BORN! I could kill. These people should be marched out of town and strung up. It is sign of the breakdown of our justice system and rot in our culture that criminals like this can continue to prey on the public for years.

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