True Names Ltd., the ENS’s parent company, claims to have reclaimed control of the web domain name “eth.link” after obtaining an injunction from an Arizona court.
“We are pleased to announce that eth.link is now operational again! Our injunction was successful, and the name was returned to us,” ENS tweeted on Monday.
The court ordered that the eth.link domain be returned to ENS
As previously reported by Earlyminter, the company behind ENS had filed a lawsuit against web domain registrar GoDaddy for selling the domain name to a third party. The lawsuit accused GoDaddy of breaching a contract for domain name registration. According to True Names’ complaint, GoDaddy incorrectly declared the plaintiff’s eth.link domain expired and then sold it to a third party.
The court granted actual Names’ motion for a preliminary injunction. As a result, the court ordered that the eth.link domain be returned to True Names. Previously, GoDaddy sold the domain to Dynadot, who then sold it to DeFi aggregator Manifold Finance. Dynadot and Manifold are also named in the complaint.
ENS founder Nick Johnson, expressed satisfaction with the outcome.
“We won the legal complaint against GoDaddy, with the court granting our request for preliminary injunctive relief,” Johnson said, adding that the ruling ordered True Names to reclaim the domain. “To the extent ownership interest in the Domain has been sold or transferred away from Plaintiffs as the registrants, Defendants shall immediately transfer ownership in the Domain back to Plaintiffs,” the court ruling states.
However, Manifold Finance founder Sam Bacha stated that the matter had not been resolved.
“DNS Services have been restored to preserve the domain value. According to the injunction, DNS is still held in escrow and has not been transferred to True Names. More information will be available after the court opens in the morning,” Bacha said. DNS is an abbreviation for domain name service.
Johnson responded, “The eth.link domain has been fully returned to us pending the court case outcome. The return will be effectively permanent if the case is not pursued.“
“While we cannot rule out the possibility of future litigation from GoDaddy or others over the name,” Johnson added, “it is truly returned to us at this time, and users can resume use of the service.”
According to the ENS founder, users can resume using eth.link without interruption. ENS owners use eth.link as a gateway to access their “dot eth” (.eth) ENS address in the same way, they would a typical browser website. They accomplish this by adding a “dot link” (.link) to theirs.eth ENS on a browser tab causes the link to open as a regular web page.