WELLINGTON – Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said Thursday he was considering taking legal action against tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for infringing copyright on a security measure he invented.
Dotcom, who is on bail in New Zealand as U.S. authorities seek his extradition in the world’s biggest copyright case, said he invented “two-factor authentication,” which many major sites have adopted as a security feature.
Twitter became the latest major player to introduce the measure Wednesday following a series of cyber-attacks.
“Twitter introduces Two-Step-Authentication. Using my invention. But they won’t even verify my Twitter account?!” Dotcom tweeted. “Google, Facebook, Twitter, Citibank, etc. offer Two-Step-Authentication. Massive IP (intellectual property) infringement by U.S. companies. My innovation. My patent.”
To back his claim, Dotcom, 39, posted a U.S. patent describing the process filed in 1998 by Kim Schmitz, Dotcom’s name before he legally changed it, and published in 2000.
Dotcom said he had never sought to enforce copyright on his invention but was now reconsidering in light of the U.S. case accusing him of masterminding massive online piracy through his now-defunct Megaupload file-sharing site.