The Ethereum name service (ENS) regained control of the eth.link domain name after obtaining an injunction in its lawsuit against domain provider GoDaddyannounced the ENS on Sunday evening.
Parent company ENS True Names Ltd., as well as former owner of eth.link Virgil Griffith, filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot and Manifold Finance earlier this month. GoDaddy reportedly transferred the eth.link name from ENS to domain name registrar Dynadot before its expiration date and auctioned the name in what ENS called a “breach of contract“who violated an agreement of”respect, recognize and protect” the name eth.link.
ENS uses the eth.link domain to connect “.eth” names to the Domain Name System, or DNS, which is what web browsers use to connect to websites. This EthLink service allows “.eth” domain users to self-create visible websites with their ENS names and make them accessible from a standard browser. The loss of access to the eth.link domain disrupted service for ENS and its users.
But the crisis was averted. The U.S. District Judge handling the case granted ENS’s injunction request and ordered that the eth.link name be returned, restoring EthLink services.
“Our injunction was successful and the name was returned to us,” ENS wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening.
Manifold Finance previously purchased the eth.link domain name from Dynadot for $851,919, according to domain name thread. In a locked up thread on the ENS forums, the co-founder of Manifold, Sam Bacha, explained why his company “drawn” the name.
“We wanted the domain name because we intended to establish a special purpose trust to provide the legal entity for which key elements of some of our own infrastructure could have been held,” Bacha wrote, suggesting that ENS could buy the domain name. collector if desired. (Bacha did not immediately respond to Decryptrequest for comments following the injunction.)
In response, True Names Ltd. executive director Khori Whittaker rescinded Bacha’s offer.
“By court order, the eth.link domain is not owned by Manifold Finance and it currently has no right to sell the domain,” he said.
Nick.eth, lead developer of ENS, has already said it Decrypt that he was “disappointed” and felt “misled” by GoDaddy’s actions, but has yet to respond to Decryptasks for a follow-up comment.
A representative from GoDaddy said Decrypt that the company does not comment on ongoing litigation.
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