December 29th's Move Your Domain Day Results In Over 27,000 Transfers to Namecheap and Over $50,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Namecheap.com's December 29th Move Your Domain Day initiative resulted in over 27,000 transfers from SOPA-Supporting Registrars. Additionally, Namecheap will donate $2 per transfer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to continue their fight against SOPA.
Domain name registrar Namecheap is proud to announce that it has processed a total of 27,209 transfers on Move Your Domain Day, its December 29th initiative to raise awareness against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Additionally, Namecheap announced that once 25,000 transfers had been processed that they would double the donation to $2 per transfer. This resulted in a tremendous final push among Internet users and Namecheap customers, and the 25,000 goal was easily reached by the end of the evening, resulting in a minimum $50,000 donation to EFF.
Namecheap's CEO, Richard Kirkendall, said, "We are ecstatic at the response we have received from the Internet community. The Internet is speaking and we’re proud to facilitate that and at the same time help a wonderful organization such as EFF continue their fight against SOPA, PIPA, and other overbroad, ill-considered legislation."
In Namecheap's December 22nd official statement denouncing the proposed SOPA legislation, Kirkendall likened the passing of the bill to "detonating a nuclear bomb on the Internet when only a surgical strike is necessary."
As a result, Namecheap released a coupon code (SOPASucks) to encourage those patronizing SOPA-supporting domain name registrars to transfer their domains to Namecheap. Since the release of the coupon code on December 22nd, over 70,000 domains have been transferred to Namecheap.
Notably, the largest gains for Namecheap occurred on Move Your Domain Day, a campaign Namecheap announced earlier this week after Internet users rallied around December 29th as the date for users to move to a new domain name registrar.
Namecheap will continue to honor the SOPAsucks coupon code for $6.99 .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, and .BIZ domain transfers through December 31st, though the coupon may be extended for an even longer period of time. Donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation will continue through 12 PM EST on December 30th and Namecheap will continue to donate $2 per inbound transfer throughout this time.
"From the first day Namecheap opened for business, our customers have always come first." said Kirkendall. "I would like to thank each and every one of our customers during this campaign for making their voices heard, voting with their dollars, and supporting EFF in their fight for our digital freedoms."
Shari Steele, Executive Director of EFF, stated, "EFF is pleased to support Namecheap's efforts to bring attention to the proposed SOPA legislation and its consequences for Internet users worldwide. With the funds donated from the MoveYourDomainDay effort, EFF will continue to defend your right to free expression in the digital world."
Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With over 500,000 clients and millions of domain names under management, Namecheap is one of the top domain registrars in the world and also offers web hosting services. Find out more by visiting us at https://www.namecheap.com.
This press release was published on December 30, 2011