Tuesday 13 November 2012, 12:57 | By

Mega v2 to have New Zealand domain

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Kim ‘Dotcom’ Schmitz has announced that he will use a New Zealand domain for his new file-transfer venture, after a minister in the African nation of Gabon prevented the controversial entrepreneur from using the domain me.ga.

As previously reported, Dotcom, founder of MegaUpload, plans to launch new service Mega in January, a year after the US authorities shut down his original file and video sharing platform amidst allegations of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement. The US is currently trying to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand to face the charges against him and his company in the American courts.

Keen to assure that neither his servers or domains are located in the US, where the American authorities could turn any new Mega operation off, Dotcom has said he will host his new venture in various non-US territories. The original plan was to use the domain me.ga instead of mega.com, but the political overseer of the .ga domain in Gabon overruled that plan (under American influence, says Dotcom).

So the plan now is to go with mega.co.nz. “New Zealand will be the home of our new website – Mega.co.nz – powered by legality and protected by the law”, Dotcom said on Twitter yesterday.

As previously reported, the American authorities have said that they believe that, by launching the new Mega, Dotcom could be in breach of his bail conditions as he awaits an extradition hearing in the New Zealand courts.

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