A 23-YEAR-OLD BRITISH COMPUTER STUDENT faces possible extradition to the US for linking to copyrighted content on his website.
The student, Richard O’Dwyer, was accused of copyright infringement after setting up the website TV Shack, which had links to thousands of films and TV shows, but did not directly host them.
The website was seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. O’Dywer was arrested on 23 May, taken to Wandsworth prison and then released on a £3,000 bail paid by his aunt.
Now he faces extradition to the US, where he could get up to five years in prison if found guilty of infringing copyrighted material, according to the Metro newspaper.
He has vowed to fight the extradition attempt and his mother has pleaded with the UK government to “bring some common sense” to the entire affair and deny the extradition demand, which she called disproportionate, unnecessary and deeply truamatic.