FILE SHARING MAGNATE Kim Dotcom has seen the ads for his proposed Mega service pulled from the radio.
Dotcom was going to advertise his new Mega service, which opens this week, across some 500 radio stations. However, the company that was running the ads has told him that it cannot proceed. He said that the ads were pulled because of complaints from his nemesis, the music labels.
"Apparently some music labels complained to Mediaworks about our radio ads. Booking of over 500 ad plays terminated. Wow!!!," he said.
Unfortunately Mediaworks pulled the plug on our radio ad campaign :-(— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 15, 2013
"Not blaming Mediaworks. They are a great company with great people. It's the music labels that are abusing their power, again."
We have contacted Mediaworks, which is New Zealand based, and will update if it comments. Dotcom has appealed for other radio advertising firms to step forward and run his adverts.
In the meantime Dotcom is planning to launch Mega on 18 January on the anniversary of the controversial raid that closed down Megaupload.
Mega will be a similar, but different kind of service according to Dotcom, and will be more secure and private and therefore better for its users. Dotcom is attempting to open it with a flourish and has trialed the look of the website in recent months.
Local residents will be awarded free ice cream and t-shirts on 18 January if they are in the Auckland area. µ