GoDaddy issued a statement on ETH.link. The story was covered by Web3isgoinggreat.com. The domain name expired on July 26.
From the site:
ENS DAO tweeted that the domain’s owner, Virgil Griffith, is “unavailable”. By this, they mean that he is currently serving his first of five years in prison for helping North Korea evade sanctions. With Griffith “unavailable”, the project has found itself at the mercy of GoDaddy. Welcome to the decentralized web3 we’ve all been promised!
Although GoDaddy previously allowed another person to renew the domain on Griffith’s behalf, they reversed that decision, and now say they intend to allow the domain to expire on September 5.
GoDaddy issued a statement:
GoDaddy is sharing the following update in acknowledgment of interest among certain parties in the domain eth.link. The registration for this domain expired on July 26, 2022. The domain is currently progressing through the standard expiry lifecycle and is expected to be returned to the registry on Sept. 5, 2022, absent a renewal by the current registrant.
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Domain Rating 72
Backlinks 8,511 55% dofollow
Referring Domains 1,156 64% dofollow