(The Hosting News) – There’s been a bit of a setback in Kim Dotcom’s plans to launch a successor to the now defunct Megaupload.
When announcing the new file sharing site simply titled “Mega” earlier this month, Doctom indicated that it would use the web address me.ga. The domain name ending in .ga also happens to be the ccTLD of Gabon, an African nation.
According to the BBC, the country is now saying it won’t let Mega use its ccTLD for the new web address. Among its top concern? The worry that the website will be used to host copyrighted content and share it illegally: Something commonplace at the former Megaupload.
Despite the setback, Dotcom has vowed to move ahead. “Don’t worry. We have an alternative domain. This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on,” Dotcom stated via his Twitter profile.
The Megaupload founder also discussed what he believed to be the reasoning behind Gabon’s move. “Gabon oil income is 60% of state revenues. Over half of Gabon’s crude oil shipments go to the US. We knew that ;-),” a later Tweet stated.
Dotcom had previously suggested basing the domain in Gabon would help the latest version of the controversial sharing platform avoid future actions from authorities.
Megauplaod was pulled offline by U.S. federal officials in January. Dotcom and others involved in the website are currently facing a legal fight with the U.S. Justice Department which is seeking Dotcom’s extradition from his current residence in New Zealand.