UK Student Faces Extradition to US Over Piracy Site

Richard O'Dwyer, 23, faces up to five years in jail
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 2:45 PM CDT
The US is going after copyright offenders, no matter where they are.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 23-year-old British college student is facing extradition to the US and up to five years in prison for running a website that linked to pirated TV and movie content. Up until November, Richard O’Dwyer ran TVShack, a site that’s now been seized by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Telegraph reports. O’Dwyer’s lawyers are fighting the extradition, arguing that TVShack wasn’t hosted on US servers.

“It doesn’t seem right that Richard, who hasn’t been to America since he was 5 years old, should be taken there,” said his mother. “No one would be able to visit him and he could be waiting in prison for a couple of years before his case is even heard.” Britain’s US extradition treaty has been a sore spot lately, with outrage over the Gary McKinnon case sparking a Home Office review.

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