1:43pm PT by Eriq Gardner
Kim Dotcom's 'Me.Ga' Plan Foiled by Small African Nation
The African nation of Gabon has put a dent in Kim Dotcom's plans to launch a new file-sharing service.
With Megaupload caught up in an ongoing massive criminal copyright action from the United States, Dotcom recently announced plans for "Me.ga," a new service that would combine a cloud service with encryption technology.
"The new Mega will not be threatened by US prosecutors," said Dotcom at the time of launch.
To get the .ga domain, he turned to a telecom company within Gabon, which is a country on the west coast of Central Africa with a population the size of Idaho.
This small nation maybe just earned a few friends at the MPAA.
"I have instructed my departments... to immediately suspend the site www.me.ga," announced Blaise Louembe, a communication minister, adding he did so to protect intellectual property rights. "Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people."
Dotcom is crying foul, tweeting about the US government's "bad faith witch hunt." He also implied some interference: "Gabon oil income is 60 percent of state revenues. Over half of Gabon’s crude oil shipments go to the US. We knew that."
Me.ga was temporarily taken over by a group calling itself Omega, redirected users who wished to access the website to its own Twitter feed. There, Omega, by some reports a hacker group, taunted Dotcom. For instance, last night, the group tweeted, "Today @KimDotcom lost everything: the http://me.ga domain name and his mega buddy @MittRomney who will not issue him a pardon."
Dotcom is still awaiting a hearing determining whether he will be extradited to the United States. He's been following the elections too, tweeting, "Congratulations @BarackObama. May the next 4 years be better than the last 4 years."
As Dotcom awaits word of his fate, he says that he has already located a new domain. No word yet on whether his new service is still "Me.ga."