The Ethereum Name Service (ENS) has regained control of the Web domain name “eth.link” after securing an injunction from an Arizona court. ENS, an Ethereum-based NFT project, entered into the legal battle with GoDaddy earlier this month.
In a September 19 blog post, True Names Ltd, the parent company of Ethereum Name Service NFT collection, confirmed that it had regained control of the web domain name “eth.link” after securing a lawsuit from an Arizona court.
We’re delighted to report that https://t.co/FjEunMklB9 is now back online! Our injunction was successful and the name has been returned to us.
Users are welcome to resume using the service – or keep using the excellent community-run alternative, https://t.co/RtCIwR276i.
— ens.eth (@ensdomains) September 19, 2022
ENS Wins Lawsuit Against GoDaddy
The company behind the Ethereum Name Service NFT project filed a lawsuit against web domain registrar GoDaddy for selling its domain name to a third party earlier this month. True Names Ltd accused GoDaddy of breaching a domain name registration contract.
According to True Names Ltd, GoDaddy wrongfully assumed the eth.link domain was expired and sold it to a third party. The “eth.link” domain name was sold to Dynadot, another domain name registrar who later sold it to DeFi aggregator Manifold Finance for $852,000.
But interestingly, the court of Arizona has granted True Names Ltd motion for a preliminary injunction to the matter and ordered the return of the web domain “eth.link” to the ENS NFT collection. The court ruled:
“To the extent ownership interest in the Domain has been sold or transferred away from Plaintiffs as the registrants; Defendants shall immediately transfer ownership in the Domain back to Plaintiffs.”
While expressing his excitement over the secured injunction, Nick Johnson, the founder of Ethereum Name Service NFT collection, remarked:
“We have won the legal complaint against GoDaddy with the court granting our request for preliminary injunctive relief.”
“The eth.link domain has been returned to us fully pending the outcome of the court case. Should the case not be pursued the return would effectively be permanent.”
Manifold Finance Claims Lawsuit Undetermined
On the other hand, Manifold Finance has dismissed the Ethereum Name Service win, maintaining that the matter is still not settled. While expressing his disgruntlement, Sam Bacha, the founder of Manifold Finance, remarked:
“Domain Name Services were restored to ensure the domain value remains. DNS is still held in escrow per the injunction and has not been transferred to True Names. Once the court opens in the morning more information will be available after the court opens.”
In the meantime, the Ethereum Name Service users can resume using the eth.link without disruption. ENS owners can also use the eth.link as a gateway to access their “dot eth” (.eth) address as a typical browser website.
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