Megaupload scandal: Which TLDs are owned by whom
The Megaupload scandal is still in its infancy, particularly after CEO Kim “Dotcom” Schmitz was denied bail in New Zealand.
Fat boy Kim Dotcom is thus expected to face extradition to the US.
While Megaupload.com is held hostage by the FBI and dozens of other domains owned by Kim Dotcom and his employees are in limbo, it’d be interesting to see what other “Megaupload” TLDs are out there, so here’s a quick guide:
- Megaupload.net – Under WHOIS privacy; according to DomainTools, a Malaysian address was used in early 2010. The domain is listed at BuyDomains for $100,000!
- Megaupload.org – Seized by the FBI.
- Megaupload.biz – Seemingly parked at eNom’s AcquireThis Name outfit company.
- Megaupload.info – Owned by a private company and currently up for sale at DNForum.
- Megaupload.us – Owned by a Chinese individual and parked at Bodis. Potential Nexus issues with this one.
- Megaupload.co.uk – Owned by Kim Dotcom under a “Monkey Ltd” alias.
- Megaupload.co – Owned by Kim Dotcom and held in escrow by a law firm.
- Megaupload.de – Owned by Kim Dotcom but seized by DENIC, the German registry for .de domains.
- Megaupload.nl – Owned by a private company and parked at NameDrive.
- Megaupload.se – Registered but of unknown registrant.
- Megaupload.it – Owned by Kim Dotcom and held in escrow by a German law firm. The domain was probably taken away in a UDRP.
- Megaupload.fr – Owned by Kim Dotcom.
- Megaupload.pl – Owned by Kim Dotcom under a “Monkey Ltd” alias.
- Megaupload.be – Owned by a private company and parked at Sedo.
- Megaupload.es – Owned by Kim Dotcom under a “Monkey Ltd” alias.
- Megaupload.gr – Owned by a private company and forwarded to Dealfinder.gr
We’ll have to wait for the drama to unfold, in the months to come.