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U.K. STUDENT CHARGED WITH PIRACY WINS FIGHT AGAINST EXTRADITION

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Although it’s still an open question of whether a non-U.S. citizen, who has never visited America, can nevertheless be extradited to the U.S. to face trial for an alleged crime committed over the Internet, a British university student has won his fight against extradition. From his dorm room at Sheffield Hallam University, Richard O’Dwyer had reportedly run a website called TVShack that hosted links to pirated films and TV shows. In a statement, Dominic Raab, a Conservative member of Parliament, said, “This is a victory for Richard and his family, a victory for British justice, and a victory for common sense. We shouldn’t be subjecting British citizens to rough justice under our blunt extradition regime.” Isabella Sankey, director of policy for the human-rights group Liberty said, “Our extradition arrangements must be overhauled to allow people who have never left these shores to be dealt with here at home.” O’Dwyer has reportedly agreed to travel to the U.S., pay a small fine, and sign a so-called deferred prosecution agreement. The case against O’Dwyer had been pressed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which objected to the description of O’Dwyer as a mere “middleman” in the piracy transactions, since he himself had posted no pirated content. “He advertised his site as a place to find movies that were still in theaters and in-season TV shows. He profited heavily from his activity,” the MPAA said. “To call him a ‘middleman’ suggests a lack of involvement in the illegal activity, which is simply not the case.”