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Not even a full week into launching, Kim Dotcom is already facing problems with the authorities. The site, which was registered with a TLD (.ga) from Gabon, an African country, has claimed to have seized the domain. The reason? The government doesn’t want to be associated with copyright infringement and “unscrupulous people.” A move that Dotcom believes has been influenced by the United States.

If you’re not familiar with, it’s set to launch on January 20, 2013 as the successor to Megaupload, along with a promise for it to be bigger and better than before. In an effort to better protect users and themselves, Dotcom revealed that the site would use encryption to boost the site’s safe harbor protections and would not use a .com domain as these are easily seized by the United States government.

Well, that seems to have worked well. Not.

While the Communications Minister of Gabon said he would be suspending the domain, something weird is occurring with the domain at this moment. Right now, the domain is redirecting to a Twitter page for a group who calls themselves Omega and also use a .ga domain name.

The group, who claims they have control of the domain, appear to have plans to sell the domain to the entertainment industry (or the highest bidder) and donate a portion of the proceeds.  How thoughtful of them.

They write, “Of course we will entertain offers from @KimDotcom’s enemies in the millions of dollars (or bitcoins) for the domain.” and then go on to say, “Shall @UMG [Universal Music] buy the domain name we will donate not 1% but 10% of the proceeds to FOJEGA the Forum des Jeunes du Gabon [Gabon Youth Forum].”

Despite all of this, Dotcom noted that Mega will launch as planned, “Don’t worry. We have an alternative domain,” he explained. “This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on.”

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