8 Nov 2012

New Dotcom business blocked by Gabon

8:49 am on 8 November 2012

A plan by Kim Dotcom to create a new file-sharing service has been dealt a blow after Gabon blocked access to its intended web address.

Gabon says it feared the site would host copyright infringing files and says it has acted to protect intellectual property rights.

The internet entrepreneur says the West African nation has been pressured by the United States government, which shut his original Megaupload site on 19 January and ordered his arrest on charges of internet piracy.

He intended to launch the new site on 20 January, a year to the day since he was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kim Dotcom has told his Twitter followers he has an alternative domain in mind.