As I mentioned earlier this week, Namecheap sponsored Move Your Domain Day, and the company pledged to donate $1.00 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for every transfer initiated to the company today.
By early this afternoon, the company surpassed 10,000 transfers, and Namecheap CEO Rick Kirkendall doubled down on his offer, in news that broke on this blog. Kirkendall promised that “if we hit 25k transfers today, we’ll double our donation to EFF.” This was followed up with an article on the Namecheap blog confirming the offer.
Late this evening, it appears the company has surpassed the 25,000 transfer mark, and per Kirkendall’s revised offer, Namecheap will now donate $2.00 for every domain transfer. This means the company will donate at least $50,000 to the EFF.
It remains to be seen if action will be taken against other public supporters of SOPA, listed on a pdf on the House Judiciary Committee website. Companies like the NFL, Disney, ESPN, Time Warner, Mastercard, Visa, and others are all listed a supporters of SOPA. It’s quite interesting to watch this unfold, and I hope this action sends a message to our elected officials.