Gabon suspends me.ga domain
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 2:45p.m.
By Dan Satherley
Kim Dotcom's new website, me.ga, has been blocked by the central African country of Gabon, which owns the .ga domain.
Gabon said it was suspending the web address 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," says the country's Communication Minister Blaise Louembe.
Dotcom announced last month he would be launching his new venture on the anniversary of the January raid which knocked his old site, Megaupload, offline.
He says the new site will be "bigger, better, faster, stronger and safer", and run from servers based outside the US.
Dotcom said on his Twitter account the decision is conflating cloud storage with cyber crime.
"Gabon Minister used time machine to analyze legality of the future Mega. Verdict: Cyber crime! Gets 5$ award from the FBI."
He also said they have an alternative domain to work with.
"This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on."
At the time of writing, me.ga redirects to a subsection Dotcom's personal site, kim.com/mega, which is effectively a duplicate of what was hosted on me.ga.
Dotcom is currently facing extradition to the United States on a number of charges, including money laundering and piracy. He faces extradition in March.
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12/11/2012 11:25:56 a.m.
Dotcrim told us he broke no laws.Dotcrim told us his site couldn't be taken down.Dotcrim just needs to have his day in US court to prove his innocence, and stop acting like a criminal fighting his extradition.Of course that all assumes dotcrim was innocent, and dotcrim is fighting so hard as even he considers himself guilty.Then there is dotcrims $400 mil cable scam where he hopes to get NZ to invest in a cable that wont happen to the tune of millions so he can walk away with millions to a country like Gabon. But is seams even Gabon draws a line somewhere and it appears they haven't been bribed enough to support dotcrim as he was too busy buying PR/media in NZ.
11/11/2012 11:46:35 a.m.
One crime boss does not want another operating in their country.
11/11/2012 5:37:13 a.m.
@"Dennis"@9.50 Sat: There was another namesake last Sunday @4.35 stating: "Dotcom is a crook". I point out that publishing defamatory material is offensive, if not unlawful. Ironically I have also attempted to make a point that if our law contained an equivalent to section 344 of the German Criminal Code then the Attorney General would have committed a serious crime if he knowingly prosecuted Dotcom and, by default, Megaupload Limited with extradition offences in the knowledge that no such offence against internet service providers existed in this country under common law relative to copyright legislation to sustain grounds for extradition, but that comment was moderated out. That crime is entitled 'Prosecution of the Innocent'.
10/11/2012 9:50:01 a.m.
Gabon does not want criminals using its hosting services. Interesting.
9/11/2012 8:09:51 a.m.
I don't think it was U.S. who influenced the communications Minister. I think it was us letting Dotcom be portrayed, reported, inferred and betrayed as a "criminal"
9/11/2012 7:41:49 a.m.
It was reported on 26 January that Dotcom must have forged his clearance from Germany. He has not been deported (and no report of the German stance on the "extradition" at the behest of US associations has been reported) so where is the apology printed?
7/11/2012 7:25:04 p.m.
"Bongo was criticized for in effect having worked for himself, his family and local elites and not for Gabon and its people". Sound familiar??
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