GoDaddy.com has been at the forefront of controversy when they showed their support for the Stop Online Copyright Act (SOPA), but changed their mind after a call-to-action campaign launched from social news website Reddit.com. Users on Reddit asked the community to transfer domain names from GoDaddy.com to other domain name host companies on December 29th. GoDaddy started to panic and tried to convince their customers to stay by retracting their public support of SOPA and actually calling customers to convince them in staying. However Namecheap.com said that GoDaddy may have done something illegal to maintain their customers.
Namecheap.com accused GoDaddy.com on a blog post of blocking domain name transfers. ?As many customers have recently complained of transfer issues, we suspect that this competitor is thwarting efforts to transfer domains away from them. Specifically, GoDaddy appears to be returning incomplete WHOIS information to Namecheap, delaying the transfer process. This practice is against ICANN rules,” said Namecheap in the blog post. As a result, Namecheap.com had to manually fulfill the process requests.
GoDaddy responded to Namecheap.com in a statement to technology blog, TechCrunch.com saying that Namecheap.com did not contact them directly. If Namecheap.com contacted GoDaddy directly, then they would have provided heavy port 43 access for domains to be transferred over.