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by Mike Masnick


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copyright, lawsuit, richard o'dwyer

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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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Dec 2012 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Re: POINT

    Damages is why americas favourite pasttime is seen as suing by the rest of the world. By having high damages and lawyers only getting paid if they win it is fantastically lucrative to go to court with any twist involving damages.
    The rest of the world has high fines and is therefore punishing the looser of the case just as hard (in case of prosecution loosing it is far worse for them), but removes a lot of the incentive from sueing aggressively.

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