Dotcom goes for NZ web address
Kim Dotcom (Photo:Lloyd Burr/3 News)
Internet piracy-accused Kim Dotcom says he will use a New Zealand web address for his new file sharing website after his Gabon bid fell over.
Dotcom, who is facing extradition to the United States to face charges over his Megaupload file sharing site, announced on Twitter on Monday the new site would be hosted by his adopted country.
"New Zealand will be the home of our new website: Mega.co.nz - Powered by legality and protected by the law," he tweeted.
Dotcom had hoped to use the Gabon domain name to round out the web address me.ga, but the African country's government indicated it would suspend the address.
"Prime Minister John Key can have as many dinners with Hollywood executives and copyright lobbyists as he likes," he told the TorrentFreak website.
"The simple fact is that the New Zealand Government, which has been acting like a subsidiary of the US government, is not above the law."
Dotcom is wanted in the US on internet copyright charges relating to his file-sharing website Megaupload which was shut down after he was arrested during an FBI-led raid on his mansion in Coatesville, north of Auckland, on January 20.
At its peak Megaupload attracted about 4 percent of the world's internet traffic or 50 million hits a day.
Dotcom says the new website will be "bigger, better, faster, stronger and safer" and "will change the world" when it is fully launched on the anniversary of his arrest.