GoDaddy sued for auction of 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 registrant Virgil Griffith, who ran into trouble with the United States after he was caught trying to help North Korea evade sanctions. So because Griffith was behind bars, he was unable to renew his ownership of the domain name, but had a third party renew it for him.

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

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

This move did not sit well with True Names, the developers behind the Ethereum name service. The company worked 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 for auction of 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 registrant Virgil Griffith, who ran into trouble with the United States after he was caught trying to help North Korea evade sanctions. So because Griffith was behind bars, he was unable to renew his ownership of the domain name, but had a third party renew it for him.

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

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

This move did not sit well with True Names, the developers behind the Ethereum name service. The company worked 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 taking GoDaddy to court over the auction of the eth.link domain name. Both parties had cooperated and filed a complaint 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 place of ENS 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 the domain’s expiration and giving a false date for when the domain would actually return to the registration pool. This meant that the original owner did not have time to actually renew the registration, also saying that the domain name should never be allowed to expire.

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

The plaintiffs are seeking at least $75,000 in damages in the case excluding attorney 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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