Ethereum Name Service Creator Sues GoDaddy Over Expired Domain


The ENS says losing control of puts key services “under threat.”

The company behind .eth domain name provider Ethereum Name Service (ENS) filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and Manifold Finance in the state of Arizona Monday. 

True Names Ltd., along with the still-imprisoned Virgil Griffith, filed the suit because of how GoDaddy allegedly violated an agreement to “respect, acknowledge, and protect” the domain name.

True Names, the nonprofit that funds and organizes development of ENS, is seeking at least $75,000 in damages, according to the complaint.

On August 25, GoDaddy announced that the domain was expiring on September 5. The registrar had previously allowed a third party to renew the domain on Griffith’s behalf, but declined to do so this year. On September 3, it reportedly transferred to another registry, Dynadot LLC, which then put the name up for auction.

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“The sale will disable a valuable cryptocurrency network and recklessly risk making it available to scores of malicious actors,” the filing argued. “And the domain name is now purportedly and wrongfully held by Manifold Finance, Inc.”

Indeed, the DeFi company Manifold Finance confirmed in a tweet that it had purchased the domain name on Sept 3. The purchase was for $851,919, according to Domain Name Wire.

“ was just sniped by us,” the firm wrote on Twitter. “Services to be restored once ownership transfer is complete.”CRYPTOCASTER® - DECENTRALIZED FREEDOM!
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