I have a domain name that can be construed a lot of different ways so I have secured the name buy buying a lot of variations so I have a lot of experience with this type of deal. Basically, the domain is no longer "owned" by who owned it before so contacting them will do you no good. The domain is held for a period of time after the person fails payment or no longer renews it so it is kinda what I call "in limbo". During this time it is posted as becoming available and is on the lists that registrars get, they contact people that have various domains similar in concept or name to see if they can get a "bidding-war" going on with the name when it does get released to the public. Once the name is released to the public if someone bid on the name they get it / or highest bidder gets the name. If no one bid it goes back to the domains that no one owns. So, you can either take a chance and have say godaddy reserve it for you and see if they can capture it for you when it becomes available OR you can wait till the date they stated that it is to become available and goto godaddy or other domain registration outlet and get it yourself. I have done this both ways, I have gambled and got the name myself and I have also had them capture it for me. It all depends on how hot "your particular name" is and what words are in the domain, and how many "characters" are in the name. ... Your choice. Obviously, it is easy to have godaddy do the work for you. It costs about $20usd to have them do it at the lowest amount, or you can buy it for anywhere from $4-20 usd depending on who you register it through.