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ENS wins domain name dispute against GoDaddy

In a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Ethereum Name Service (ENS) eventually regained control of the domain name and won a court order.

On Sunday came the message that ENS had won the domain provider.

The lawsuit

Earlier this month, GoDaddy, Daynadot, and Manifold Finance filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and Manifold Finance.

The lawsuit came after GoDaddy transferred the domain name to domain name registrar Dynadot before its expiration date.

They also sold the name at auction, in what ENS called a “breach of contract,” violating an agreement to recognize, protect, and respect the name.


The Ethereum name service uses the domain to connect .eth names to DNS, or the domain name system that connects web browsers to websites.

The service allows users of .eth domains to create self-viewing websites with ENS names, making them accessible through a standard browser.

The loss of access to the ENS and the disrupted service to its users

However, the crisis was resolved.


The U.S. District Judge assigned to the case granted ENS’s request for an injunction.

They also ordered the return of the name and the restoration of EthLink services.

“Our injunction was successful and the name has been returned to us,” ENS said on Twitter on Sunday evening.

Domain name purchase

According to Domain Name Wire, Manifold Finance previously purchased the domain name from DynaDot for $851,919.

In a closed thread on the ENS forums, Manifold co-founder Sam Bacha explained why the company “broke” the name.

“We wanted the domain name because we had intentions of establishing a special purpose trust to provide the legal entity for which key pieces of some of our own infrastructure could have been held,” he explained.

Bacha suggested that ENS could buy Manifold’s domain name. True Names CEO Khori Whittaker dismissed the idea.

“By court order, the domain does not belong to Manifold Finance, and it has no current right to sell the domain,” said Whittaker.

ENS lead developer nick.eth previously said he was disappointed and misled by GoDaddy’s actions.


Ethereum Name Service regains control of EthLink domain in lawsuit against GoDaddy