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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2012 @ 1:52pm

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    and your view of due process is completely backwards. Due process does not guarantee that plaintiffs are compensated for those who wrong them. Due process does not guarantee that if my house gets robbed the criminal will pay me back (or that the criminal will even be caught). Due process does not guarantee that if someone breaks the law they will be punished. No, due process is supposed to guarantee that (criminal and civil) plaintiffs do not wrongfully punish innocent people. Your view of the world is so entirely backwards its incredible. Even a good parody can't compete with how ridiculous you sound.

    "Just because you disagree with the soundness of the law, you have no right intentionally violate it while violating the property rights of others in the process."

    A: Who says I intentionally violate it?

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    Our government should represent the public and, dang it, I want a government that does in fact represent the public and not just corporate interests. and, as a member of those whom government is supposed to represent, I want IP laws abolished. I will continue to communicate this and if enough others agree then these laws should go. You have no right to tell us otherwise. Abolish IP!!!!!

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