Richard O'Dwyer

TV Shack creator can be extradited to the US, UK court rules

STUDENT Richard O'Dwyer can be extradited to the US over copyright infringement allegations related to his web site TV Shack, a UK court has ruled.

O'Dwyer created the TV Shack web site and is the subject of an order for his extradition to the US, much like Gary McKinnon.

Support for O'Dwyer had been building on Twitter, with Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye saying after the news, "Devastated. Protecting copyright has come to mean accepting unacceptable human collateral like Richard O'Dwyer."

 

Friday, 13 January, 2012 (All day)

TVShack founder Richard O’Dwyer faces US extradition after Home Office ruling

The home secretary, Theresa May, has approved the extradition of TVShack founder, Richard O'Dwyer, to the US, where he could face up to five years in prison.

The 23-year-old, who studied at Sheffield Hallam University, set up the site nearly four years ago, offering users links to websites which steamed movies and TV programmes.

Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye wrote on Twitter that he was appalled by the decision.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 (All day)

'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition

A student facing trial and possible imprisonment in the United States has struck a deal to avoid extradition, the High Court has been told.

Richard O'Dwyer, from Sheffield, is accused of breaking copyright laws. The US authorities claimed the 24-year-old's TVShack website hosted links to pirated films and TV programmes.

Loz Kaye, leader of Pirate Party UK, a political party which wants to legalise non-commercial file-sharing, said the deal struck by Mr O'Dwyer showed the US extradition request had been "disproportionate and unnecessary".

"It does not remove the underlying problem, though. The US cannot be allowed to be the copyright cops of the world," he said.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 (All day)

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