Megaupload Successor Shut Down Before Debut

Despite the U.S. government warning Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom not to launch the file-sharing's site successor in the form of 'Mega', he recently announced its release date, with the holding page for the website apparently receiving millions of hits soon after.

In order to avoid the possibility of the U.S. seizing the domain as it did with, Dotcom purchased the Gabon-based domain .ga. However, Blaise Louembe, Gabon's communications minister, won't allow the domain to go live.

Louembe has said will be suspended and stressed the miniature West African nation "cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people."

Ira Rothken, the attorney overseeing Megaupload's defense (Dotcom faces extradition to the United States), confirmed that the new site will not be available at, but the service is still scheduled for a release.

"The [new] site is not even functional yet," Rothken told CNET. "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."

Mega is promised to be raid-proof through an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm". Dotcom stressed the website is not "a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the DoJ" -- its rules will allow copyright holders to send the DMCA a takedown notice to delete copyright-infringing content.


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  • A Bad Day
    Oh well, there's a lot more countries to pick from.
  • Pyree
    It's like aborting the foetus because the father is an un-convicted suspect.
  • joytech22
    Well that escalated quickly.
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  • freggo
    There is never a runaway Mack Truck when you need one.
    The world does not need wasted DNA like this moron.
  • joytech22
    Well that escalated quickly.
  • Pyree
    It's like aborting the foetus because the father is an un-convicted suspect.