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Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Intellectual Property, Internet |

Richard O’Dwyer will not be extradited to the U.S.

Richard O'Dwyer will not be extradited to the U.S.

For many months we have told the long battle that has waged Richard O’Dwyer, webmaster of links , to avoid to the United States accused of copyright infringement. His “crime” was to link to streaming television shows and would be the first case of extradition to the United States. Today, almost a year since the start of the fight, O’Dwyer has reached an agreement with the U.S. government. Instead of being extradited has signed a “deferred adjudication”, an agreement that keeps their freedom in exchange for paying compensation to the copyright holders.

The story would begin in 2011, when the UK police stopped the guy was the administrator of TVShack. At that time it was known that behind the arrest was the U.S. government, who have asked the UK to extradite O’Dwyer accused of copyright infringement. Theresa May came to approve the extradition request to the U.S. authorities, at which time the likes of Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, joined the struggle O’Dwyer’s mother for her freedom.

Today the news is that the young will not come to trial in the United States. The administrator of the links page has signed an agreement with the authorities of the country they will not be processed by accessing a small compensation to rights holders. This will O’Dwyer’s mother who will have to go to the United States and complete the “operation”.

As TorrentFreak count, what is not clear is why the reverse that the U.S. has accepted this agreement. It is possible that the numerous public protests of their own mother or speaker of figures in the network as part of Wales have been crucial in the outcome. The founder of Wikipedia reached 250,000 signatures to get more in a public petition.

Behind this first extradition case was the MPAA, the association that advocates and others in Hollywood. A few months ago a leaked document that the MPAA to O’Dwyer described as “a purposeful copyright infringer”:

The young man is a mere intermediary. He benefited greatly from this activity and call “intermediate” suggests a lack of involvement in the illegal activity, something that is simply not the case. Have 24 years, to pose for photo shoots in the newspapers with a cartoon sweatshirt and his mother and Jimmy Wales speak for him, does not mean you can break the laws.

According to the leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye:

This decision vindicates the view of the Pirate Party that the request for extradition was disproportionate and unnecessary from the beginning. However, it does not eliminate the underlying problem. United States can not afford to act as copyright cops worldwide. We hope that Richard and Julia O’Dwyer can begin to rebuild their lives now.

Anyway, O’Dwyer is a free man today. a first case and agreement may be extended to others in the future.

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