Tech tycoon and creator of controversial Megaupload and its predecessor Mega, Kim Dotcom is asking other tech companies to come to his aid in his extradition battles with the US in exchange for use of his patented technology.
Kim Dotcom is raising millions for his defense case against the United States, which is fighting for his extradition. In order to raise this money, Dotcom has pulled an interesting card: he is offering a "two-factor authentication" technology for user account security to Microsoft, Dropbox, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, and others. The catch is that these companies are already using this technology. This is where Dotcom has pulled out a patent which he claims he had drawn in 1998 for this technology, and is threatening to sue the companies for patent violation if they don't contribute to his fund. Whether or not he actually owns this patent has yet to be confirmed.
In the case of Dotcom's extradition, this is an extremely vital point. After a rocky couple of months for Dotcom, a victory is much-needed. Just weeks ago he lost an important battle after he was denied the access to the United States' evidence against him by a New Zealand appeals court. This puts him at a significant disadvantage in the case. Whether or not the companies agree to help Dotcom at this point likely depends on official confirmation of his alleged patent on the authentication technology. Dotcom's current site Mega is a massive file-sharing service that was launched to replace Megaupload, which was shut down by the United States last year for alleged copyright infringement.
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