True Names Ltd, the parent company of the popular web3 Ethereum Name Service (ENS), has filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy and others over the sale of the eth.link domain.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Arizona, USA, seeks to halt and prevent the sale of eth.link to DeFi company Manifold Finance, which purchased the domain name on September 4th for $851,919. ENS and its previous owner, Virgil Griffith, are now suing GoDaddy, Manifold Finance, and Dynadot, the auction sellers.
ENS is suing GoDaddy and others!
The filing of a lawsuit in Arizona demonstrates that ENS and Virgil Griffith are serious about reclaiming the eth.link domain. It is, however, far more complicated than it appears. First, GoDaddy can argue that the domain name expired and that when this occurs, it should be automatically resold through the registration pool on September 5th.
Significantly, GoDaddy stated on August 25th that the eth.link domain would expire on September 5th. Notably, there are claims that GoDaddy transferred the eth.link domain to another registry, Dynadot LLC, which then auctioned it off.
What is the next chapter in the GoDaddy ENS domain saga?
Nick.eth, the lead developed at ENS, was shocked by the announcement and responded,
Following the lawsuit’s announcement, it is unclear what will happen next between ENS and GoDaddy in the coming weeks. Manifold Finance is now the new owner of the eth.link domain. The Arizona legal system will determine the legality of the sale.
What is the significance of the eth.link name?
The eth.link domain is an essential component of the eth.domain names ecosystem. Programmer Virgil Griffith created it to serve as a “revolving service”.eth domain names. It connects ENS domain names to the web2 domain name system (hence the name) (DNS). When you use eth.link today, you’ll see a message about the current service status and links to Manifold Finance’s website.
We’ll see how and if the situation between ENS and GoDaddy changes in the coming weeks.