Last Updated on September 20, 2022 by Bitfinsider
After surrendering its domain name eth.link to a third party earlier this year, the website for the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), which powers all websites used by the Ethereum community that end in .eth, is once again accessible.
In order for consumers to access .eth addresses without having Web3-enabled internet browsers, Eth.link served as a vital bridge. As of August 17, ENS had over two million domain name registrations.
The organization that developed ENS, True Names Ltd., filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy (GDDY) in early September, claiming that the domain registration platform had misinformed users of the eth.link service that the address registration had expired and that GoDaddy had later sold the domain’s rights to a Web3 start-up before they were eligible for repurchase.
ENS Domains tweeted that eth.link was operational once more and that customers are welcome to continue using the service.
The registration for the domain name eth.link was due to expire on July 26, 2023, according to a complaint that True Names filed against GoDaddy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. However, according to the lawsuit, GoDaddy misinformedly stated in August of this year that it had expired on July 26, 2022.
The domain was allegedly sold to Web3 startup Manifold Finance on September 3, two days before it was scheduled to go back up for sale, according to the complaint. Further complicating matters is the fact that Virgil Griffith, the person with the authority to renew eth.link’s registration, is currently incarcerated for five years for discussing how to circumvent sanctions using cryptocurrency at a conference in North Korea.
Plaintiffs True Names and Griffith asked for a temporary restraining order against GoDaddy as well as damages of at least $75,000, minus legal fees, in their complaint.
Since Monday, the website eth.link has been operational again. According to GoDaddy data, the domain name is currently registered with another domain registrar, Dynadot LLC, and will expire in July 2023.
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