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UK student admin of TVShack will be extradited to the USA

Posted at 14 March 2012 01:01 CET by R.J. Huneke

March 13 marks the day that the United Kingdom favored bowing to US authorities over British law, as Home Secretary Theresa May approved the extradition of twenty-three year-old college student and former administrator of TVShack Richard O’Dwyer to the United States.

British law has, at times, favored link sites that provide a link to specific episodes of TV shows and movies by claiming that they were not the infringers but a mere conduit to information. Whether or not linking to copyright infringing material is legal in the UK is [still] a matter of debate, but in one case that reached its resolution back in 2010, a judge successfully argued that under current British law the operation of a linking site is considered legal.

O’Dwyer ran the successful TVShack web site, which specifically operated only as a link site, pointing users to locations across the Internet where they could find and download digital content.

The copyright piracy battle in the US has officially declared war on any person abroad as well as at home.

And those in a country where extradition laws do not protect their citizenship are at risk, as O’Dwyer has found out. Much of the material that TVShack pointed the way to did lead to people infringing upon US copyrights.

O’Dwyer never operated TVShack or its servers in the US, and the British public has been outspoken in favor of not allowing him to face charges on US soil.

That would likely result in similar circumstance to the US trials of Ninjavideo founder Hana Beshara [who] was sentenced to 22 months in prison followed by 2 years of probation, 500 hours of community service and ordered to repay nearly $210,000 . . . and admin Matthew Smith [who] received 14 months in prison, two years supervised release, and was ordered to pay over $172,000.

There are stiff penalties awaiting the UK student, and the US court system will likely try, convict, and incarcerate O’Dwyer. The MPAA and US copyright holders are telling the world to beware.

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roadworker
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 14 Mar 12 03:01
    1st of all,I don't wanna condone piracy,but I don't understand why illegal filesharing seems to be much heavier targeted than other criminal offenses in the good ol' US.
    My personal opinion is that the multimedia industry owns the U.S. lawmakers,and that in order to get the neccessary funds for a next election campaign,US senators have to bend over and take it up in their *ss,resulting in such draconian witchhunts.
    Piracy is bad,no doubt about that,but I would expect that the feds would have other priorities than having a UK youngster extradited to the US court......
    huneke
    MyCE Rookie
    Posted on: 14 Mar 12 03:33
      I agree with you. The MPAA and co. s have a great many powerful lobbyists, and so murder, rape etc. become less important than who might be stealing a few $$$
      Dennis_Olof
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 14 Mar 12 12:18
        This is bad indeed. This has been up in the media before where they tried to get someone for running a webpage and then linking to other things that where illegal. Of course this failed becaus this would have med all of internet illegal more or less. Just as the PIPA and SOPA had it's protesters. No wonder googel, facebook and others where mad.

        The problems in the U.S. is that they don't go by the law, it's more political and money driven things that in the end decides what kind of punishment you get. I have NO trust what so ever in U.S. LAWS. They just suck and they have a stupid system where they have over-the-top punishments in regard to the crimes.

        It's like that MADOFF guy, hi din't kill anyone just stole money and still he go something like 90years in jail, should have been more like perhaps 15-20years. Talk about stupid people there are in america when it comes to the justice system.
        SilverHedge42
        MyCE Rookie
        Posted on: 14 Mar 12 17:52
          Punishment doesn't fit the so claimed crime but they don't care what people like us think how we've all lost our sovereign country's to money mobs, big banks, etc.
          Blu-rayFreak
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 14 Mar 12 18:16
            It blows my mind that someone could be extradited to the US for running a website that simply linked to pirated content. All of which, isn't even illegal under UK law (or US law for that matter, it seems).

            Beware anyone that runs a website in any country! The MAFIAA and it's US gov lackeys may try to kidnap you for putting up a hyperlink...

            This is insanity.
            cholla
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 14 Mar 12 18:50
              I hope he asks for a jury trial . I would find not guilty.
              Then he should sue the MPAA for malicious prosecution.
              StormJumper
              Retired Moderator
              Posted on: 14 Mar 12 20:36
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by roadworker
                the multimedia industry owns the U.S. lawmakers,and that in order to get the neccessary funds for a next election campaign,......
                If you do some in depth research you may find that most U.S lawmakers are major stock holders in many of the company's in the industry including insurance.

                SJ
                silver30
                MyCE Member
                Posted on: 14 Mar 12 23:54
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Dennis_Olof
                  This is bad indeed. This has been up in the media before where they tried to get someone for running a webpage and then linking to other things that where illegal. Of course this failed becaus this would have med all of internet illegal more or less. Just as the PIPA and SOPA had it's protesters. No wonder googel, facebook and others where mad.

                  The problems in the U.S. is that they don't go by the law, it's more political and money driven things that in the end decides what kind of punishment you get. I have NO trust what so ever in U.S. LAWS. They just suck and they have a stupid system where they have over-the-top punishments in regard to the crimes.

                  It's like that MADOFF guy, hi din't kill anyone just stole money and still he go something like 90years in jail, should have been more like perhaps 15-20years. Talk about stupid people there are in america when it comes to the justice system.
                  You are right about the article, but wrong about Madoff. He stole billions of dollars from people, including charities. Madoff deserves to be in jail for life.
                  cholla
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 16 Mar 12 16:14
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Dennis_Olof
                    The problems in the U.S. is that they don't go by the law, it's more political and money driven things that in the end decides what kind of punishment you get. I have NO trust what so ever in U.S. LAWS. They just suck and they have a stupid system where they have over-the-top punishments in regard to the crimes.

                    Talk about stupid people there are in america when it comes to the justice system.


                    I admit the US government is lobbied & far too influenced by money .

                    Our Congress is supposed to represent the people & many times they don't

                    Instead taking what amounts to bribes called lobbying.

                    I feel OK in saying that since I am a US citizen .

                    I resent those of other countries making a post like yours' .

                    You don't need to trust US laws , say punishment is too harsh ,
                    stupid or suck. Much less call people in the USA stupid for allowing
                    the justice system they have.



                    I bet in Sweden which is your location the government is also influenced by money .
                    Unless you are saying no Swedish government official can be bribed (lobbied) .
                    I'm sure they are just like here.
                    If you think you can do something with your government then have Sweden cut
                    off all trade with the USA . Exile all US Embassies & US citizens . Don't allow any US tourists .
                    Then no one in Sweden would ever be bothered by the USA .
                    I doubt you can't do that so you are to your country like the majority of US citizens not able to
                    get the government to do much for them . Unless money is behind it.
                    SilverHedge42
                    MyCE Rookie
                    Posted on: 19 Mar 12 14:36
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by Dennis_Olof
                      This is bad indeed. This has been up in the media before where they tried to get someone for running a webpage and then linking to other things that where illegal. Of course this failed becaus this would have med all of internet illegal more or less. Just as the PIPA and SOPA had it's protesters. No wonder googel, facebook and others where mad.

                      The problems in the U.S. is that they don't go by the law, it's more political and money driven things that in the end decides what kind of punishment you get. I have NO trust what so ever in U.S. LAWS. They just suck and they have a stupid system where they have over-the-top punishments in regard to the crimes.

                      It's like that MADOFF guy, hi din't kill anyone just stole money and still he go something like 90years in jail, should have been more like perhaps 15-20years. Talk about stupid people there are in america when it comes to the justice system.
                      I am an American and yes the judicial, and political systems are corrupt always money involved somewhere I love my country hate the government.

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