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by Mike Masnick


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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.

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    Violated (profile), 6 Jul 2012 @ 3:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island is a sovereign country with its own laws, police, government and justice system.

    I am very certain that the laws of the United States does not apply here any more than the laws of China, Iran, North Korea or any Middle East country.

    Your mistake is that we have an extradition treaty to trade wanted people for our mutual benefit. Overlooking the unbalanced nature of this treaty, and the Government's failure to add a section to pick the trial location, then the United States is well know to vastly abuse the powers it has been given.

    Richard O'Dwyer is no wanted murder, rapist, armed robber etc, which this treaty is ideal for, but simply a young college student who allowed other people to post HTTP links on this website.

    We should also not forget that so many of those media files were put on the Internet by their own owners for official linking to a rival service. The fact that this media was unprotected allowed such links to be copied to TVShack. The rival site and media owners did not like this and instead of restricting access to their own media then all I can say is here they are attacking their rival.

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