The government of Gabon, Africa, will bar Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from forming a new website on the Gabonese domain .ga, the AFP reports.
“Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights,” Communication Minister Blaise Louembe said.
Dotcom, a legally assumed name, had announced that he would launch a file-sharing site to replace Megaupload, which the federal government shuttered in January for copyright infringement. Dotcom has already posted a teaser page to which the planned URL, me.ga, redirects. The .ga domain is Gabonese.
According to Louembe, the me.ga site was set up to redirect traffic to another site hosted in France, which will provide access to shared files.
Dotcom, who is in New Zealand while the U.S. tries to expedite him, commented on Twitter that he has “an alternative domain.”
“This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the U.S. government is on,” he said.
Dotcom had planned to launch the new site on the anniversary of Megaupload’s takedown.