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

(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.

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“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. (Read more Richard O'Dwyer stories.)

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