|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Pitcairn Island Administration|
|Sponsor||Pitcairn Island Administration|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Pitcairn Islands|
|Actual use||Gets some use on the Pitcairn Islands and elsewhere|
|Structure||Registrations are made directly at the second level; there are also some third-level registrations, such as under second-level categories like .gov.pn and personal sites under firstname.lastname.pn (similar to .name)|
The top-level domain was the subject of a dispute in 2000, between islander Tom Christian—who had been delegated with management of the domain by ICANN—and the government of the island. The dispute was resolved by ICANN ruling that the domain be re-delegated to the Pitcairn Island Council.
An official .pn domain costs $100/year from the registry. There are relatively few sites using these domains, but examples include ESPN (es.pn), C-SPAN (cs.pn), and Groupon (gr.pn), which each use the domain for URL shortening services.
The .pn domain is also used as part of a Lionsgate marketing campaign promoting the Hunger Games film series, presenting it as the "official" country code of the fictional nation of Panem, with domains for the Capitol (thecapitol.pn) and the rebellion (revolution.pn).
Second-Level Domain Name
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