US Trying To Extradite UK TVShack Admin Over Questionable Copyright Charges?

from the copyright-gone-mad dept

In the latest example of US copyright interests gone mad, there are reports that there's an attempt to extradite the admin of TVShack from the UK to the US to face criminal copyright infringement charges. This is ridiculous on all sorts of levels. First, TVShack.net was one of the very first domains seized a year ago. TVShack did not host any content and was merely a linking site, which raised questions (as with other seizures) about whether or not it actually violated US copyright law. Also, TVShack has gone through a few different versions and (potentially) owners/admins. However, one of the admins, Richard O'Dwyer, a computer science student, was recently arrested. It's not clear if anyone even knows which instance of TVShack he's accused of running.

Where this becomes really troubling is that other, very similar sites have been found legal in the UK multiple times. Running a site that users use to put up links and which doesn't host any actual content, is not seen as illegal in the UK. So it seems particularly ridiculous that there's some sort of attempt to extradite the guy to the US to face charges here. As some have pointed out it appears to be "an attempt to make US federal laws applicable in the UK."

Unfortunately, the details of the extradition request are a bit muddled in all of the UK papers reporting on it. Lots of them are comparing the situation to the famous Gary McKinnon situation, but I think this is clearly different. This just seems blatantly vindictive for no good reason.

Filed Under: copyright, extradition, links, tvshack, uk, us


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jun 2011 @ 7:04pm

    Re: Costing The US Taxpayer

    "lets treat people accused of copyright infringement like drug lords" -- Yup, so how is that whole "War on Drugs" thing panning out for you? Big success is it? Hardly costs the ole US taxpayer anything, is that right? Getting ready to declare "Mission Accomplished" sometime soon now, are you? Noticed how those Mexican drug lords are going to go broke and turn into nice law-abiding citizens, any day now? Or maybe not?

    Now, at the behest of a tiny industry of no economic importance, the US government is attempting to ramp up another whole system of repression to try to stamp out file sharing. Good move, guys, take on your whole teenage and young adult population, so you can suck up to a tiny bunch of thugs who are cultural vandals. It would be interesting to work out the total cost to the US taxpayer of all this madness, in a year, then compare it to the total profits of the industry, for the same period.

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