It looks like we won’t be seeing the Megaupload-replacement service Me.ga, anytime soon.
Kim DotCom, the founder of the cloud storage service MegaUpload, which was accused in an indictment by the United States of being a pirate site and criminal enterprise, announced last week that he would launch a new cloud-storage service in January designed to protect it from U. S law enforcement. Both DotCom and MegaUpload have denied any wrongdoing.
DotCom announced that the new site would use Gabon-based domain .ga, instead of the .com domain as part of its defenses. But Gabon’s communications minister Blaise Louembe seemed to think otherwise.
Louembe has instructed that www.me.ga be suspended and said that the small West African nation “cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people”, in accordance to a New Zealand publication, Stuff.co.nz.
Ira Rothken, MegaUpload’s Silicon Valley attorney who oversees its worldwide defense, confirmed in an interview with the tech site CNET that MegaUpload’s replacement site will not be available at Me.ga but a new service will still be on its way.
“The [new] site is not even functional yet”, Rothken said. “MegaUpload and Kim are innocent and presumed innocent. It sounds like a lack of net neutrality in Gabon… We’re just going to use a different domain”.
Once one of the largest video destinations in the world, MegaUpload was shut down in January by U.S. Officials and requested that New Zealand law enforcement arrest DotCom.
With the United States trying to extradite DotCom, the cat-and-mouse game between the States and MegaUpload continues. And while the process plays out in courts, DotCom readies a new storage service.