After recently revealing the domain for the new cloud storage service, Mega. Communication Minister Blaise Louembe of Gabon, the country that controls the domain, has suspended it saying, “Gabon cannot serve as a platform or screen for committing acts aimed at violating copyrights, nor be used by unscrupulous people.” The domain seems to work on and off for me. I might be hitting cached servers but it redirects here.
If you are a little confused on this, I’ll break it down. Every country has their own domain extension, the US has .us, Canada has .ca, Gabon has .ga, etc. These countries can do what ever they want with the domains and usually opt to let people and companies register them at a premium which brings revenue to the country. User buy these domains for “domain hacks,” being able to spell full words with the domain like me.ga, kel.ly or even del.icio.us.
It sucks they are pretty much saying that they domain will be used for bad and not good but I don’t think there is anything Kim Dotcom can do about it. Dotcom sure thinks that this reasoning is from a push from the US government saying, “the reach of the US & Vivendi: Gabon Minister announced Me.ga domain will be suspended. Calls cloud storage site cyber crime.” Don’t worry though, Dotcom says “we have an alternative domain. This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on.”