ENS asks court to transfer eth.link after DNS abuse complaint takes site down


Group wants to transfer domain away from registrar it’s in litigation with.

Short numeric .eth domains are hot right now.

Ethereum Name Service (ENS), the entity behind blockchain-based .eth domain names, is asking a court (pdf) to allow it to transfer eth.link to a different registrar.

ENS and Virgil Griffith sued Dynadot in September 2022 after the registrar sold the domain for $852,000 in an expired domain name auction. Griffith is in jail for helping North Korea evade sanctions and could not renew the domain.

The court issued a preliminary injunction in ENS’ favor that ordered the domain to be transferred to the plaintiffs pending the outcome of the case.

Dynadot transferred the domain to the plaintiffs but put a transfer lock on it to prevent it from being transferred to another registrar.

ENS didn’t complain about the lock until a DNS abuse took eth.link down at the end of March. Dynadot temporarily removed the nameservers for the domain upon receipt of the complaint but restored them hours later.

Concerned that Dynadot could take the site down again, ENS is asking the court to allow it to move the domain to another domain name registrar.


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