The non serious crime of TV Shack and the fight to stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer

James Wales, founder of Wikipedia has committed his support against the extradition of British student Richard O’ Dwyer to the US by starting a petition according to the BBC news website.

Firstly let us analyse Britain’s special relationship with the United States. The United States and the United Kingdom both share a common history, language, legal system and culture that can be traced back over 200 years, but the American war of independence ensured that these two countries remained just that; two different countries, with two different laws. On January of this year the home secretary Teresa May approved the extradition to the US of 24year old Sheffield university student Richard O’ Dwyer who is charged with copyright infringement and the conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. He may face up to a maximum of five years for each offence in a US prison.

Let us throw a few facts at you about this situation. Richard O’ Dwyer set up the website TVShack.net in late 2007 which allowed it’s users to search and watch videos, films, TV and the like by collating information from other websites from across the web. Which is extremely similar to Google’s search engine. He operated this site from his home in Sheffield UK. He did not hack into anything (that would be against the law), what he did was link, not host the illegal content. Simply allowing it to be pointed out is not illegal, which is why no charges in Britain have been brought and which is why the British courts have concluded that this is a non serious crime if any.

American law stipulates that they do not allow the extradition of its citizens for crimes which they are alleged to have committed on US soil. But as the shoe is on the other foot, Richard O’ Dwyer has never set foot in America and TV Shack was not hosted on American servers. You may have noticed on the Illbomb the banner entitled friends extradited. Click on it, go to cases and roll down to Richard O’ Dwyer. His is not an isolated case, but what is important is what it says, that there:

“are no effective barriers to extradition, given the lack of judicial consideration of the correct forum for trial, and the fact that the US does not need to provide prima facie evidence of a crime.”

Look at these twitter comments on the case of O’ Dwyer:

James Wales, founder of Wikipedia has committed his support against the extradition of British student Richard O’ Dwyer to the US by starting a petition according to the BBC news website.

Firstly let us analyse Britain’s special relationship with the United States. The United States and the United Kingdom both share a common history, language, legal system and culture that can be traced back over 200 years, but the American war of independence ensured that these two countries remained just that; two different countries, with two different laws. On January of this year the home secretary Teresa May approved the extradition to the US of 24year old Sheffield university student Richard O’ Dwyer who is charged with copyright infringement and the conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. He may face up to a maximum of five years for each offence in a US prison.

Let us throw a few facts at you about this situation. Richard O’ Dwyer set up the website TVShack.net in late 2007 which allowed it’s users to search and watch videos, films, TV and the like by collating information from other websites from across the web. Which is extremely similar to Google’s search engine. He operated this site from his home in Sheffield UK. He did not hack into anything (that would be against the law), what he did was link, not host the illegal content. Simply allowing it to be pointed out is not illegal, which is why no charges in Britain have been brought and which is why the British courts have concluded that this is a non serious crime if any.

American law stipulates that they do not allow the extradition of its citizens for crimes which they are alleged to have committed on US soil. But as the shoe is on the other foot, Richard O’ Dwyer has never set foot in America and TV Shack was not hosted on American servers. You may have noticed on the Illbomb the banner entitled friends extradited. Click on it, go to cases and roll down to Richard O’ Dwyer. His is not an isolated case, but what is important is what it says, that there:

“are no effective barriers to extradition, given the lack of judicial consideration of the correct forum for trial, and the fact that the US does not need to provide prima facie evidence of a crime.”

Look at these twitter comments on the case of O’ Dwyer:

In recent years the US have upped their game in tackling piracy, file sharing, and copyright infringement laws. The argument being that the multibillion film and TV industry is losing a lot of money. What way should they tackle this if you agree with their argument. BT junkie was threatened into closing down. Piratebay was threatened also but seeing as the threats had no effect on them, Sky and BT broadband installed a firewall against the site. To me the latter course of action sounds reasonable.

A young man who has broken no laws either abroad or domestically, is to be extradited to the US to face a possible maximum of 10 years in jail which in effect will ruin the rest of his life. His university studies are being disrupted. His mother who works for the NHS has to take time off work to help fight the absurdity of this decision. Legal and bail expenses are have been put upon this family from another country that is providing a strain on their economic stability. look at the interview with the. Guardian which offers Richard’s own account of the events:

O’ Dwyer extradition copyright infringement video

What part of any of this is fair or justifiable? Before our home secretary approved the extradition treaty for Richard a spokesman claimed that she had “carefully considered all relevant matters”. Clearly she hadn’t as she would have come to the same conclusion as the 25, 000 people who have signed James Wales petition. I suppose the only “relevant matter” relevant to May, is maintaining that special relationship.

For further reading please go to Julia O’ Dwyer’s (James’s mum) blog here

Sign James Wales petition here

Click on the friends extradited box on the left or here

 

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