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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    Aileron, 6 Jul 2012 @ 1:33pm

    A civil case, not a criminal case.

    The point that no one seems willing to address is why are governments (the US in particular) acting as corporate policemen? it is sick and twisted beyond belief! These are civil copyright issues that should be handled by a civil court, not a criminal court.

    This dangerous blurring of the law needs to be exposed and held accountable. No theft has taken place, he simply made links, rightly or wrongly, its a civil case not a criminal one and therefore the notion of extradition is irrelevant. By the same logic the owners and shareholders of google should be prosecuted too or are they too big to be held accountable? Sue him in Britain and let him face any consequences there.

    US laws are for US citizens or people residing in the US at the time of any alleged crime. End of story... its not an international terrorism case, its an alleged civil copyright abuse case. I wish our governments would stand up for their own people with the same determination that they are happy to use for mega corps and hollywood. this is sick beyond belief and abuses the notion of justice and the legal system.

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