Megaupload redo is shut down before debut

Published: 09th November 2012 11:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2012 11:14 AM   |  A+A-

Last week, internet impresario Kim Dotcom (real name: Kim Schmitz) had announced plans to re-launch his file-sharing site, MegaUpload; but, his plans were dashed when the Communication Minister of Gabonese Republic announced its nation would not host the site:

"I have instructed my departments to immediately suspend the site," saying that the effort was aimed at "protect[ing] intellectual property rights."

Following the announcement by the Gabonese government, Kim's attorney issued a statement saying the site would continue its search for an accommodating host:

"It sounds like a lack of net neutrality in Gabon. We're just going to use a different domain."

Kim Dotcom had relocated his file-sharing site to the West African nation after U.S. officials shut down his site in January. At the time, Megaupload, which boasted 150 million users, accounted for about 4 percent of total Internet use.

Currently, the U.S. is attempting to extradite Kim, charging him with fraudulently making more than $175 million on pirated movies, TV shows and other content. For now, the German national is out on bail in New Zealand. His extradition trial is in March.

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