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by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, lawsuit, richard o'dwyer

Companies:
tvshack



Richard O'Dwyer Has To Pay 20,000 To Close Out Lawsuit Against Him

from the and-that's-that dept

Last week, we wrote about how student Richard O'Dwyer cut a deal with the feds to end the extradition attempt and criminal charges against him for running TVShack.net, a links site similar to other UK sites that had already been deemed legal. We noted that as a part of this "deferred prosecution," O'Dwyer would need to come to the US and pay a "small sum." He's now done so, and the court has ordered that he pay £20,000. That's still a decent chunk of change, but not a crippling amount like what we've seen in cases like the Jammie Thomas or Joel Tenenbaum cases (which were very different types of cases, but arguably over much lesser charges -- civil vs. criminal for one thing...). It still seems ridiculous that he needed to pay anything at all, but getting the case over, for an amount that he can "afford," while avoiding jail seems like a pretty big victory for him -- especially given the language that the feds (and Hollywood) have used to describe O'Dwyer. In the meantime, guess how much of the £20,000 will be going to the artists O'Dwyer supposedly was harming?

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    ECA (profile), 6 Dec 2012 @ 4:22pm

    POINT

    Why cant they take him to court in the land he is in??
    Why cant they enforce the law of the land he is in??

    I didnt think that LAW in 1 country was enforceable in other countries that didnt have the SAME, laws.. Other wise we could run rampant thru the middle east for Women's rights..

    WHY is this a government concern?? this is a business vs Person concern..

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