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In a lawsuit against GoDaddy, the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) eventually reclaimed control of the eth.link domain name and won a court order.
On Sunday, the news came that ENS had won the domain provider.
Ethereum Name Service’s lawsuit
Earlier this month, True Names Ltd., ENS’s parent company, and previous eth.link owner Virgil Griffith filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and Manifold Finance.
The lawsuit came after GoDaddy transferred the eth.link domain name to the Dynadot domain name registrar before the expiration date.
They also sold the name at auction, in what ENS called a “breach of contract,” in violation of an agreement to recognize, protect, and respect the eth.link name.
The Ethereum Name Service uses the eth.link domain to connect .eth names to DNS, or the domain name system that connects web browsers to websites.
The service allows .eth domain users to create self-displaying websites with ENS names, making them accessible via a standard browser.
The loss of access of eth.link to the ENS and the interruption of the service to its users
However, the crisis was resolved.
The United States District Judge assigned to the case granted the request for an ENS injunction.
They also ordered the return of the name eth.link and the restoration of the EthLink services.
“Our injunction was successful and the name has been returned to us,” ENS shared on Twitter Sunday night.
Buying the domain name
According to Domain Name Wire, Manifold Finance previously purchased the eth.link domain name from DynaDot for $851,919.
In a closed thread on the ENS forums, Sam Bacha, co-founder of Manifold, explained why the company had “broken” the name.
“We wanted the domain name because we had intentions of establishing a special purpose trust to provide the legal entity for which key pieces of some of our own infrastructure could have been held,” he explained.
Bacha suggested that ENS could buy Manifold’s domain name. True Names CEO Khori Whittaker rejected the idea.
“By court order, the eth.link domain does not belong to Manifold Finance, and it has no current right to sell the domain,” said Whittaker.
ENS lead developer nick.eth previously said he was disappointed and misled by GoDaddy’s actions.
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