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Megaupload successor site is blocked before debut

Last week (opens in new tab), Kim Dotcom unveiled plans to launch a Megaupload successor called Mega, using the Gabon-based domain name However, Gabon's government says it will suspend the domain in fear of inciting the wrath of US authorities.

According to the New Zealand publication Stuff (opens in new tab), Gabon's communications minister Blaise Louembe has instructed that the domain be suspended on the grounds that the West African nation "cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people."

Before its demise, Megaupload was one of the biggest file-sharing platforms in the world. It was shut down in January this year (opens in new tab) by the US Department of Justice, which accused it of being a pirate site and a criminal enterprise - a claim which DotCom vehemently denies. The US government also urged New Zealand authorities to arrest Dotcom and is now in the process of extraditing him to the US to face charges of copyright infringement and fraud.

Dotcom had intended to be a successor to Megaupload, boasting that it would user stronger encryption technology to give users more privacy while protecting itself from the authorities.

Ira Rothken, the US attorney who oversees Megaupload's worldwide defence, insisted that Megaupload's successor site will not be available at but added that the new service will still launch.

"The [new] site is not even functional yet. 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," said Rothken in an interview with CNET (opens in new tab).