MegaUpload Founder Kim Dotcom Loses New Web Domain
It seems that the governments of the world can’t hold Kim Dotcom back! Find out why after the jump!
After being arrested in New Zealand in January for copyright fraud, related to his previous service MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom announced a new online file sharing service named, you guessed it, Mega. Unfortunately for the web kingpin, Mega will not be available at the desired web address “me.ga,” according to a report by Stuff.co.nz.
The .ga top level domain belongs to Gabon and, as luck would have it, its government is not too happy about Dotcom trying to gank their URL for mass consumption.
Gabon’s communications minister Blaise Louembe has given word that the domain be suspended, commenting that his country “cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people.” Dotcom, using Twitter to alert the masses, delivered an answer to quell commotion, tweeting, “Don’t worry. We have an alternative domain. This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the U.S. government is on.”
The United States wants to extradite Dotcom to stand trial for copyright fraud, related to MegaUpload. But while he’s waiting for an extradition hearing in March, Dotcom is promoting his dot com ardently, which is scheduled to launch on Jan. 20, 2013.