Why do we host Move Your Domain Day?
Every year, another lawmaker proposes legislation that threatens to squash our online rights. SOPA was close to being passed in 2012 until the entire Internet worked together to urge our government to reverse their decision.
In the aftermath of SOPA, a crop of similar laws were brought to our attention. SOPA or no SOPA, the powers that be in governments around the world want to restrict our online freedoms.
We don't want to perpetuate the myth of an open Internet when our lawmakers in capitols around the world are planning to propose acts that may shut down the Internet we enjoy so freely. That's why we must continue to remember, fight, and to support the organizations fighting for our rights.
History of Move Your Domain Day
The Stop Online Piracy Act proposed that owners of intellectual property block or disable any website that they felt infringed on their intellectual property. The threat of SOPA to the Internet and website owners is dire, and one that Namecheap decided must be acted upon. As a domain name registrar and web host that loves internet freedom, the rights of our customers come first.
In a statement, Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap said:
While we at Namecheap firmly believe in intellectual property rights, SOPA is like detonating a nuclear bomb on the internet when only a surgical strike is necessary. This legislation has the potential to harm the way everyone uses the Internet and to undermine the system itself. At Namecheap, we believe having a free and open Internet is the only option that will continue the legacy of innovation and openess that stands for everything we all value in our modern society. Some of our competitors support SOPA, despite the untold damage it can do to the internet as we know it.
Because of the threats to the company and our customers, we hosted our first Move Your Domain Day in 2011 as a call-to-action for those who oppose SOPA and wish to leave service providers who support SOPA and other ill-conceived legislation.
Who is EFF?
EFF stands for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-supported membership organization that works to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology and to educate the public on their digital rights. For more information, visit www.eff.org.
Fund Raising Details
This fundraising event will only happen for the 24 hours on January 22nd, so help us help Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Transfer your com, net, org, info, and biz domains to Namecheap for only $3.99* and show your support.
- For every domain transferred up until 10,000, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to EFF.
- The donation amount will be increased to $1.00 per domain if 10,001-19,999 domains are transferred.
- When the number of domains transferred in to Namecheap exceeds 20,000, we will increase the donation to EFF to $1.50 per domain.
* Transfer Rules
An additional $0.18 ICANN fee is charged for .com and .net transfers.
Coupon code is valid from January 22nd 00:00 AM EST till January 22nd 11:59 PM EST and is limited to a total of 50 domains per household or business.
Total number of domains that can be transferred during the promo is limited and is provided on a first come first served basis.
If you have renewed your domain within the last 45 days you will want to be aware that the 1 year extension, which is normally added to the domain during a transfer, may not be included. This situation only occurs if the domain had actually expired before you renewed it with your previous registrar. If this is the case with your domain, we recommend you wait to move your domain until the 45 day period has passed, allowing you to take advantage of the extra year being added with the domain transfer cost.
With every transferred domain you get a one-year WhoisGuard subscription ($2.88 value) absolutely free. Due to registry restrictions, WhoisGuard can't be used with certain TLDs (asia, bz, ca, cn, co.uk, de, eu, in, me.uk, nu, org.uk, us, es, com.es, nom.es, org.es, com.au, net.au, and org.au). Yet, you can use it on any other domain with Namecheap that supports this service.
You can get a special $1.99/year Comodo PositiveSSL Certificate for every new product purchase except domain renewals, WhoisGuard renewals, purchase of another SSL certificate, or any SSL renewals. You can't use this $1.99 PositiveSSL to renew another certificate.
Offer is valid only for domains that have not previously been transferred from Namecheap.