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SOPA/PIPA and our New Domain Registrar

As you may know due to news events in the past few months, there have been efforts by the Big Content lobby (MPAA/RIAA/etc) to introduce laws into the United States that allow for domain takedowns and payment account freezes without due process or court order.  If you haven’t heard, this article is a good primer, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a list of further reading on the topic.

Every major Internet Service Provider and large Internet companies joined forces to fight the new law – all except one.  GoDaddy, Inc. is a large Internet company that provides domain name services and hosting services.  At the beginning of the fight, they were the only one to stand up for the new law.  In addition, they were swift to point out that their terms of service contained provisions that were quite similar to the proposed legislation in many ways.  After a large backlash (including a “Dump GoDaddy” Day), they decided to change their mind and no longer support the measure.  However, their terms of service didn’t change.

More recently, GoDaddy was involved in the takedown of JotForm.com, without any kind of court appearance or even notice.  The site simply disappeared from the Internet for a few days at the behest of an unknown party within the Secret Service.  The site was back after a couple days, but no information was given to the company by either GoDaddy nor the Secret Service.

DWBrand has been using GoDaddy as a domain provider for many years without incident.  However, based on their recent track record, and a full review of their Terms of Service, we have decided to change providers.

We have chosen to use gandi.net out of Paris, France for all new and renewing domain names.  If you have any other suggestions, or wish us to use a specific name provider for your site, please let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

In addition, we have been hosting our Unlimited Bandwidth Hosting Option on servers  owned by Godaddy.  As of today, we have a complete backup of all your files at a second provider that we can switch to on a moment’s notice, and are investigating international hosting options as well.

Because of these changes, we will be looking heavily at our pricing over the coming months.  Anyone who has prepaid for a service will not be affected by any increases until it comes time to renew.  If you would like to pre-pay at our current rates, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

In short, we are taking steps to protect your rights as domain name holders while maintaining our commitment to your site’s integrity and quality.  Thanks for sticking with us in these interesting times.