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GoDaddy Sued for Auctioning Eth.Link ENS Domain

Internet domain service provider GoDaddy has been named in the lawsuit over a recently auctioned ENS domain name. The eth.link domain name belonged to incumbent Virgil Griffith who got into trouble with the United States after he was caught helping North Korea evade sanctions. Thus, since Griffith was behind bars, he was unable to renew his ownership of the domain name but had the domain name renewed by a third party in his place.

However, the problems started when the eth.link domain name was renewed this year. Apparently, the domain registrar had refused to allow a third party to renew ownership of the domain for Griffith as it had done in the past. Instead of allowing the registration to expire and then auctioning off the domain name.

In the auction that followed, GoDaddy auctioned off the domain name through a partnership with Dynadot. The platform was tasked with auctioning all Uni domains that were not supported by GoDaddy does not support after acquiring Uniregistry but failed to acquire the registry. The domain name fetched $851,919.30 at auction.

This decision did not sit well with True Names, the developers of the Ethereum name service. The company partnered with Virgil Griffith to sue the domain issuer to stop the sale and transfer of the eth.link domain to a new owner.

GoDaddy Sued for Auctioning Eth.Link ENS Domain

Internet domain service provider GoDaddy has been named in the lawsuit over a recently auctioned ENS domain name. The eth.link domain name belonged to incumbent Virgil Griffith who got into trouble with the United States after he was caught helping North Korea evade sanctions. Thus, since Griffith was behind bars, he was unable to renew his ownership of the domain name but had the domain name renewed by a third party in his place.

However, the problems started when the eth.link domain name was renewed this year. Apparently, the domain registrar had refused to allow a third party to renew ownership of the domain for Griffith as it had done in the past. Instead of allowing the registration to expire and then auctioning off the domain name.

In the auction that followed, GoDaddy auctioned off the domain name through a partnership with Dynadot. The platform was tasked with auctioning all Uni domains that were not supported by GoDaddy does not support after acquiring Uniregistry but failed to acquire the registry. The domain name fetched $851,919.30 at auction.

This decision did not sit well with True Names, the developers of the Ethereum name service. The company partnered with Virgil Griffith to sue the domain issuer to stop the sale and transfer of the eth.link domain to a new owner.

Griffith wants ENS Eth.link back

Virgil Griffith and True Names are currently suing GoDaddy over the auction of the eth.link domain name. The two parties had collaborated and filed a lawsuit in an Arizona district court to stop GoDaddy from transferring the domain name and for breach of contract.

The eth.link domain is important in the ENS niche because it’s actually used to help resolve .eth domain names. The complaint accuses the domain registrar of giving false information to its users regarding the expiration of the domain and of giving a false date when the domain would actually return to the registration pool. This meant that the original owner had no time to renew the registration, also claiming that the domain name should never have expired.

The lawsuit names GoDaddy, Inc., GoDaddy.com LLC, Dynadot LLC, and Manifold Finance, Inc. as defendants, along with Trues Names, Ltd. and Virgil Griffith named as plaintiffs. The filing also includes a request for a jury trial for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, intentional interference with potential economic advantage, and unfair competition.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages of at least $75,000 in the case, excluding attorneys’ fees. Manifold Finance is currently listed as the new owner of the eth.link domain name, hence its appearance on the list of defendants.

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