UK TV Shack admin won’t face trial in US on copyright charges

The United States government has agreed to defer its controversial prosecution of UK college student Richard O’Dwyer on copyright infringement charges, allowing the UK government to drop the extradition proceedings against him. The United States sought O’Dwyer’s extradition for his role in creating TV Shack, a “link site” that helped users find online videos, most of them infringing copies of major Hollywood films and TV shows. It’s not clear if operating such a site is a crime in the United Kingdom, and O’Dwyer hadn’t set foot in the United States since he was a small child. But under what critics say is a one-sided extradition treaty, the US was able to seek O’Dwyer’s extradition to face charges in America. According to the BBC, O’Dwyer will travel to the United States to pay a small fine and accept a “deferred prosecution” agreement. That will allow the US government to continue holding the threat of prosecution against O’Dwyer if he again engages in activities the government regards as copyright infringement. But so long as he avoids such allegedly infringing activities, he can avoid extradition and prison time.Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 Net News

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