FILE STORAGE ENTREPRENEUR Kim Dotcom has reacted to critics of his data locker service Mega, saying that if they can prove he has done wrong then they should do so.
Dotcom, who launched Mega last weekend, has been criticised over the security of the service and challenged on whether he had the right to use some content in a promotional event. He said that on both counts his critics are in the wrong.
The question of whether he has used someone's content without their permission was raised by the German music rights organisation GEMA. According to Dotcom, GEMA challenged his content, meaning that it was removed from Youtube.
"Incredible: The GEMA in Germany took down our #Mega launch press conference video from Youtube for copyright claims," he tweeted, approximately four hours after announcing that the video was live.
"Dear GEMA, all songs in the #Mega press conference are my content. And the artist who performed LIVE gave us permission. WTF? [...] I filed a counter claim with Youtube and the video is back online. GEMA can expect mail from our legal team. Copyright madness."
Dotcom has also seen the security of his Mega service called into question, and again, he has offered a response.
Various reports paint the security of Mega as weak. One blog, Fail0verflow said that the method of encryption used just isn't strong enough, in a post titled Megafail.
Dotcom was unfazed and pointed critics to a post on the Mega blog that discusses encryption and how his operation deals with it. In another message on Twitter, he said that Mega will start paying out cash to anyone that wins an encryption challenge that Mega will offer soon.
We welcome the ongoing #Mega security debate & will offer a cash prize encryption challenge soon. Let's see what you got ;-)— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 23, 2013
"#Mega and the beauty of open source. You find a bug. We fix it. You recommend something great. We implement it. Loving it," he added.
"We look forward to work with the crypto community to make #Mega even better. We get lots of useful input. Thank you." µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home