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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    Niall (profile), 9 Jul 2012 @ 5:27am

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    There's also a matter of scale. You are saying that linking to possibly infringing tv streams is equivalent to remotely hacking the US Federal Reserve? That's like saying someone throwing a stone at someone is equivalent to invading an entire country and killing hundreds of thousands of people!

    There is a big difference between doing something clearly and massively illegal in most jurisdictions, and something that is legal in some but not others, is only a civil matter even then, and does no real 'harm'. So your freedom of speech lets you slag off the islamic prophet, and post pictures of swastikas - do you really want Iran and Germany extraditing you for breaking *their* laws?

    Quite aside from the obvious comment: what is there worth hacking in the Federal Reserve?

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