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There is a domain that I would like to buy that has a status as follows: Registry Status: redemptionPeriod

I presume this means the current owner has a grace period during which they can repurchase the domain but it is not available on the open market.

How long is this period?

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It depends who the domain is registered with. ICANN who oversee domain registration say

3.7.5 Registrar shall register Registered Names to Registered Name Holders only for fixed periods. http://www.icann.org/en/registrars/ra-agreement-17may01.htm#3

but don't specify the period.

Nominet, who oversee most .uk domains, allow 83 days which includes repeated reminders.

With Network Solutions:

Typically, we provide a 35-day grace period during which the current holder can still renew it for the standard renewal fee.

http://www.networksolutions.com/domain-name-registration/pending.jsp

See who the domain is registered with (various "whois" services are available) and then see what the registrar's policy is.

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Grace period is longer than I thought it would be, that's very generous imo... –  Anonymous Sep 9 '11 at 9:30

Here is the of generic Top Level Domain life cycle from ICANN: gTLD lifecycle So, it is typically 30 + 5 days. However as they state:

Some registrar activity post-expiration may not be reflected in the life cycle chart above.

Thus, I guess, it's not strictly defined.

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