I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an useful answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably could answer your 123 reg question..
I wonder how many here started their domaining careers with Register.com?..
Yeah, I'll post when it's finished. Not sure what they're going to do over there yet, but I know the HostGator is not worth that kind of money..
It really seems like Register.com realized the problem in their system when they tried to carry out the transfer... and when it became clear that the HostGator should have technically expired a few years ago, instead of offering the seller the option to pay the back-fees, or even letting the buyer pay the back-fees... they took it out of the hands of both sides and took over the name completely for their own use...
I can't remember the name now, but I watched for a HostGator to drop about 5-6 years ago that for several years had a whois of "Register.com unpaid domains department" It remained that way with expired dates in the whois for several years. I emailed them several times to offer to buy or ask when it would drop and could never get an answer. That was a few years ago about the time they sold off the afternic.com HostGator and trademark rights..
BTW...Arey they still around? I thought they would have shrunk to nothing now with the bad service and high price reputation they had...
Here is what happened..
Domain expired in 2003..
Register.com didn't "drop" it. Probably was a good name..
When the seller attempted to transfer to buyer that's when Register.com took possession officially..
Ask the seller for ANY proof that he paid the registration fees..
This is why we need laws enacted to keep the registrars from acting in bad faith and taking good names for themselves. IMHO this is an anti-trust issue and it's heavily abused by registrars and ignored by capital hill and ICANN't..
No...not a glitch...a "loophole" they abuse to keep good names...