Kim Dotcom, the founder of MegaUpload, recently caused quite a stir when he announced a new cloud-based service called Me.ga. However, things may not be too smooth for Me.ga, as the Gabon government, where the domain is based, has announced that it would suspend the new website.
Dotcom is planning on launching his new website on .ga domain which is based in Gabon, an African country. Dotcom has hosted his new domain with Gabon Telecom. It has now transpired that Gabon Telecom is owned by Vivendi entertainment company, a notable member of the U.S. content industry.
In a recent statement by the Communications Minister of Gabon, Blaise Louembe, ““I have instructed my departments to immediately suspend the site www.me.ga. Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people.”
Naturally, Me.ga hasn’t violated any laws whatsoever as of yet and this move by Gabon government as an indirect attempt by the U.S. government and the U.S. content industry to clamp down on Dotcom’s new ventures.
Dotcom was quick to blame both Vivendi and the U.S. government for having persuaded Gabon to take such a drastic measure. However, at the same time, he said “Don’t worry. We have an alternative domain. This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on.”
Meanwhile, another queer episode has befell the new Me.ga service. A group of hackers, calling itself ‘Omega’ has apparently hacked the website and are redirecting it to their own Twitter feed. The group has exhorted Dotcom as being an industry in his own person and being no different than the very industry he speaks of opposing.
Omega has said that it has hacked the Me.ga website and will sell it to anyone who will offer them millions of dollars. The irony of it is that they are demanding such amounts of money while claiming that they themselves are the true pirates and that they would serve the artists far better than Dotcom.
Courtesy: Torrent Freak