Registrar: Whois Server: Referral URL: Name Server: Updated Date:
The above information that what the Registry provides.
Registrars provider a lot more information. To see the complete list check it out at ICANN [icann.org]. Here is a partial list of what they must provide.
18.104.22.168 The name of the Registered Name; 22.214.171.124 The names of the primary nameserver and secondary nameserver(s) for the Registered Name; 126.96.36.199 The identity of Registrar (which may be provided through Registrar's website); 188.8.131.52 The original creation date of the registration; 184.108.40.206 The expiration date of the registration; 220.127.116.11 The name and postal address of the Registered Name Holder; 18.104.22.168 The name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and (where available) fax number of the technical contact for the Registered Name; and 22.214.171.124 The name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and (where available) fax number of the administrative contact for the Registered Name.
Could registrars lock up their domains?
If you mean hide this information, no. If you mean stop another registrar from transfering there customer away, yes. But only if that is what the customer wants.
gkg registrar does not provide expiration data. I was under the impression that they had to. After seeing the ICANN agreement it looks like they do. Is there some loop hole for this.
They have a name thats been 404 for over 2 years. I just want to know if it has expired. Fat chance with them. They have a message off their homepage explaining why they are doing it. I completely understand, but it makes life a pain for people who want to register a name that they previously had. They could end up like netsol and keep an expired domain forever (I just got netsol to delete a domain name that had expired in 99).
There is no ways for ICANN to enforce their rules. The enforcement part is missing from their contract.
For example... eNom doesn't list name servers on their whois. But this is requirement 126.96.36.199. However, they have a good reason... The registry already lists this. But good reasons should not allow companies to ignore signed contracts and make up their own rules.
GKG does list expiration dates on their records. But with all registrars they may have one or two records that you find which are out sequence. Your best bet is to wait out the problem or contact them.