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If one registers a new (or previously registered, but expired) domain, the minimum registration period, AFAIK, is one year.
There are circumstances, however, under which one could become a new registrant of a domain with less than one year before the expiration date.
(1.) I could agree to sell or give you a domain name that I have, that, say, expires in 3 months, and make you the registrant.
I could retain that domain in my account, or with many registrars, you could open your own account with that same registrar, and I could "push" the domain into your account. This would not be a "transfer" -- which would add 1 year to the registration.
(2.) If I purchased a domain name at any of the auctions in the so-called "secondary market", sometimes that domain is moved to a registrar account that I then take control of. While many auctions include a year of registration, many are for less than a year.
In either of the above scenarios, if someone did a whois lookup on that domain, they would see me as the "new registrant", and a domain expiration period of less than one year.
Ok here is my case: I registered a domain via a domain company on 16 Oct 2003 and I paid for 4 years at once.
So the domain was created on: 16 Oct 2003 10:26:24
And the domain expiration date was set to: 16 Oct 2007 10:26:24
Than 4 years later the domain expired with out my notice [and they claim that they have sent me emails which they didnít, but since itís hard to approve, Iím not going to follow that yet.]
Now some one has his hands on my domain with a new expiration date of 16 Oct 2008. The company claims that the domain has expired and some one else has registered it!
Doesnít this look fishy?
Please pay close attention to dates. According to the dates either one can register a domain for less than a year, or the company has overtaken my domain illegally.
Creation date: 16 Oct 2003 10:26:24
Expiration date: 16 Oct 2008 10:26:24
New Expiration date for so-called new owner: 16 Oct 2008 10:26:24
So what about the 29 day grace period?!
[I resubmitted this because the editing was disabled]
after the original owner's last chance has passed, the auction winner gets the domain.
often, in those cases, the expiration date is extended one year from the *original* expiration date. the new owner receives the domain with less than a year remaining.
But that cant be the reason, because the company clearly claims that the domain was registered after the domain was expired all by him self and they say the company is not aware of it.
beside that on the who is record there is a update date which which shows that the domain was re-registered 4 month after expiration.
Creation date: 2003-10-16 10:26:24
Expiration date: 2007-10-16 10:26:24
The updated-date: 2008-2-14 01:09:14
New Expiration date: 2008-10-16 10:26:24
So any advice?
it looks like it never dropped.
""According to the dates either one can register a domain for less than a year, or the company has overtaken my domain illegally.
review the terms of domain registration for that company. see what it says about domains which expire.