Poll Shows Only 9% Of UK Public Think Richard O'Dwyer Should Be Extradited

from the will-of-the-people dept

A poll conducted in the UK has found that only 9% of those surveyed agreed that student Richard O'Dwyer should be extradited to face criminal charges in the US for creating TVShack, a site that let people link to videos hosted elsewhere. So far, the government has been ignoring public cries not to allow the extradition, but this poll really seems to suggest that the public is not too keen on shipping O'Dwyer overseas.
Only 9% of the British public believe he should face trial in the US for his actions, according to the YouGov research. The largest group, 46%, said O'Dwyer should not be prosecuted at all, while 26% felt he should be tried in the UK.
At some point, something has to give. The UK Home Office can't keep pretending that this is a minor issue that it can brush under the rug to keep the American government (and Hollywood) happy.

Filed Under: extradition, hollywood, richard o'dwyer, uk
Companies: tvshack


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    Richard (profile), 7 Jul 2012 @ 7:00am

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    Yes, he is liable in the U.S. for breaking U.S. law while not in the U.S.

    No that is incorrect and shows that your thinking is sloppy.

    You can be extradited to the US for remotely causing events in the US that break US law, provided that those events would also be illegal in the country where you are. An example would be remotely hacking into a bank computer in the US and stealing some money.

    However if all your actions and all the direct effects of those actions are outside the US then you cannot be extradited. So if you hacked into the UK computer of a US bank then UK law would apply so you cannot be extradited - although you should expect a UK prosecution.

    The O'Dwyer extradition fails on this because:

    1) His actions are not illegal in the UK.

    2) There are no direct effects in the US.

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