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Megaupload Reboot Banned by Gabon

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 7, 2012 Last Updated: December 11, 2012
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Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looks as he is granted bail in the North Shore court in Auckland on Feb. 22. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looks as he is granted bail in the North Shore court in Auckland on Feb. 22. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

The reboot of Megaupload was banned by the Central African country of Gabon, citing fears that the website would infringe on copyright and intellectual property.

The government of Gabon said that Megaupload’s new site, me.ga, was suspended in order to “protect intellectual property rights,” reported the New Zealand Herald. The move would “fight cyber crime effectively,” it added.

Country code top-level domain .ga belongs to Gabon and is administered by the privately held Gabon Telecom company.

Me.ga and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom confirmed the move via Twitter, and said Gabon “announced Me.ga domain will be suspended.”

Last week, Dotcom unveiled the new me.ga website, nearly a year after his Megaupload file-sharing service was shut down by the U.S. government over alleged copyright infringement and intellectual property violations.

Gabon Communication Minister Blaise Louembe said that his country will not “serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people,” the New Zealand Herald reported.

Dotcom, a frequent Twitter user, said “don’t worry. We have an alternative domain.”

Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz in Germany and now resides in New Zealand, said that “Gabon oil income is 60% of state revenues.”

“Over half of Gabon’s crude oil shipments go to the US,” he added, implying that the U.S. government had something to do with his new website being shut down. “We knew that.”

In March, Dotcom will face an extradition hearing despite a court in New Zealand saying that the police raid on his rented mansion was unlawful.

When he unveiled the me.ga website, Dotcom said that it would provide data encryption via the users’ web browsers.

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