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89 ENS domain names have been withdrawn by OpenSea from the market –

The RIAA argues in a letter that some Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains on the OpenSea Marketplace contain names that refer to the registered association and its members.

89 domains deleted by OpenSea

The sale of illegal domain names, according to the RIAA, results in “dilution, confusion and/or degradation” of trademarks.

Selling such domains, he continued, is illegal under cybersquatting regulations, common law publicity rights and unfair trade practices.

OpenSea has now removed the counterfeit ENS domain names from their non-fungible token marketplace.

A total of 89 domain names are listed in the letter, including those of Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Warner Music Group, Parlophone Records and Virgin Records.

Major NFT marketplace removed numerous music-themed Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domain auctions the same week OpenSea cut 20% of its staff after being shut down and the Recording Industry Association of America released notification (RIAA).

Although not all domain names include trademark information, the letter claimed that a number of ENS auctions hosted by OpenSea violate US trademark law.

Following the centralized NFT (non-fungible token) exchange’s tradition of championing copyright concerns, OpenSea adhered to the letter of the law.

ENS domains, which end in “.eth”, act as separate website addresses. ENS domains can be used to access web pages hosted on the IPFS decentralized storage platform, much like how the Internet Domain Name Service replaces IP addresses with character strings.

Users can obtain bitcoins through their domains by replacing complex addresses on the Ethereum blockchain. NFTwhich signify ownership and allow trading in marketplaces like OpenSea, can transfer ENS domain registrations.

The Consumer Protection Against Cybersquatting Act of 1999 is one of the laws allegedly violated by a number of eth domains, according to the RIAA letter, which was posted online by TorrentFreak.

Building web domains incorporating trademarks “in bad faith for profit” is prohibited by law.

Due to the state of the market, OpenSea is already in trouble. OpenSea cut 20% of its workforce yesterday, blaming “crypto cold and widespread financial instability”.

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