GoDaddy sued over Eth.Link ENS domain auction

Internet domain service provider GoDaddy has been named in the lawsuit related to a recently auctioned ENS domain name. The eth.link domain name belonged to registrant Virgil Griffith who got into trouble with the United States after he was caught trying to help North Korea evade sanctions. So since Griffith was behind bars, he couldn’t renew his ownership of the domain name, but had a third party renew the domain name.

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 domain ownership for Griffith, as it had previously done in the past. Instead of letting the registration expire and then auctioning the domain name.

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

This move did not sit well with True Names, the developers behind the Ethereum Name Service. The company is working with Virgil Griffith to sue the domain publisher to stop the sale and transfer of the eth.link domain to a new owner.

GoDaddy sued over Eth.Link ENS domain auction

Internet domain service provider GoDaddy has been named in the lawsuit related to a recently auctioned ENS domain name. The eth.link domain name belonged to registrant Virgil Griffith who got into trouble with the United States after he was caught trying to help North Korea evade sanctions. So since Griffith was behind bars, he couldn’t renew his ownership of the domain name, but had a third party renew the domain name.

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 domain ownership for Griffith, as it had previously done in the past. Instead of letting the registration expire and then auctioning the domain name.

In the ensuing auction, GoDaddy had auctioned the domain name through a partnership with Dynadot. The platform was tasked with auctioning off all Uni domains that were not supported by GoDaddy who failed to provide support after it acquired Uniregistry but was unable to acquire the registry. The domain name fetched a whopping $851,919.30 from the auction.

This move did not sit well with True Names, the developers behind the Ethereum Name Service. The company is working with Virgil Griffith to sue the domain publisher to stop the sale and transfer of the eth.link domain to a new owner.

Griffith wants Eth.link ENS back

Virgil Griffith and True Names are currently suing GoDaddy over the auction of the eth.link domain name. Both parties had teamed up and filed a complaint in an Arizona district court to prevent GoDaddy from transferring the domain name and for breach of contract.

The eth.link domain is an important domain in the ENS niche because it is actually used to help resolve .eth domain names. The complaint accuses the domain registrar of giving false information to its users about domain expiration and giving a false date when the domain would actually go back to the registration pool. This meant that the original owner didn’t have the time to actually renew the registration, and also that the domain name should never have expired.

The lawsuit names GoDaddy, Inc., GoDaddy.com LLC, Dynadot LLC and Manifold Finance, Inc. as defendants, with Trues Names, Ltd. and Virgil Griffith as plaintiffs. The filing also includes a demand for a jury trial for breach of contract, breach of a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, willful interference in future economic benefit, and unfair competition.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages of at least $75,000 in the case excluding attorney’s fees. Manifold Finance is currently listed as the new owner of the eth.link domain name, hence the listing of Defendants.

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