Namecheap Joins Cheezburger, Wikipedia, reddit, and Other Online Communities for a January 18th SOPA and PIPA Blackout

To protest forthcoming SOPA and PIPA legislation, a number of major websites will shut down their operations for a 12 hour period to rally opposition against government legislation that will kill the Internet.

Namecheap, a leading international domain name registrar and web host, will be blacking out its front page on January 18th in protest of pending SOPA and PIPA legislation along with many other websites, including Cheezburger, reddit, Wikpedia and other popular online communities.

Earlier, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall 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 openness that stands for everything we all value in our modern society."

To rally opposition against SOPA and PIPA legislation, Namecheap held a Move Your Domain Day initiative on December 29, 2011, and raised over $64,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Social news site will be turning its website black on January 18th from 8am to 8pm EST. During the same period, Namecheap's homepage will be blacked out. Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia announced that the popular online resource would be blacked out on January 18th, and Ben Huh, founder and CEO of Cheezburger, has also committed to blacking out its websites on the same date.

“Cheezburger opposes SOPA and PIPA because we believe these bills will kill jobs and innovation," said Huh. “The technology industry has been one of the few bright spots of job growth in these trying times. These bills will only generate legal bills, force the government and sites to monitor and track users, and kill jobs. Congress needs to stop bowing to lobbyists and start on a new bill that will stop counterfeiters and pirates without harming the future of the Internet and our economy.”

While account management will still be accessible on Namecheap through an additional click, its homepage will be completely black with a message urging individuals to contact their senators and representatives to shelve SOPA and PIPA indefinitely.

Namecheap strongly encourages its US-based customers to contact their Representative or Senator, and its International customers to donate to organizations like the EFF, to ensure that broad opposition to this proposed legislation rings loud and clear. Along with other companies listed on, Namecheap also encourages everyone to spread the message on January 18th using Facebook and Twitter hashtag #SOPAstrike.

"We remain confident that our customers can continue to help us fight against SOPA, PROTECT-IP, and other overbroad and ill-considered legislation,” Kirkendall said.

About Namecheap 

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

This press release was published on January 18, 2012

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