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Richard O’Dwyer Speaks in New York After Paying £20,000 Fine

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology on December 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

12/07/2012

TorrentFreak:

The epic battle to stop UK student Richard O’Dwyer being extradited to the United States is finally over. His excited mother Julia contacted TorrentFreak from New York with news that all necessary paperwork had been signed and that a brief court appearance had effectively ended legal action against her son. Richard thanks all those who supported him and says he is looking forward to getting his life back on track.

 

In 2011, Richard O’Dwyer was arrested by police in the UK for his part in the operations of TVShack, a site that listed user-submitted links to TV-shows.

Ever since the student and his mother, Julia, have been fighting an extradition battle to the U.S., where authorities wanted him put on trial for criminal copyright infringement offenses.

In March this year UK Home Secretary Theresa May approved the extradition request from US authorities. But seemingly against all the odds, last month it was announced that a deal had been struck to avoid Richard being tried in the United States.

The so-called deferred judgment agreement requires that Richard does not breach copyright in the future and orders him to pay compensation to rights holders. That amount was revealed today as £20,000, which represents the profits generated by TVShack between December 2007 and November 2010.

The agreement itself was hammered out between Richard’s legal team and U.S. authorities last week, but would not be completed until the student had appeared in court in the United States in a hearing scheduled for this week.

A few hours ago came the news that everyone had been waiting for, delivered by Richard’s mother who has worked tirelessly to fight the extradition.

“In New York now,” Julia told TorrentFreak. “Have just been to the court for sign off of deferred prosecution agreement…..so no extradition! Woo !”

Speaking outside the court with The Guardian, Richard said that the procedure had been very swift.

“The judge read out the terms of the deferred prosecution and I agreed to them and that was that,” he said.

While Richard said that he was very pleased that the U.S. government had decided to drop the case against him, he protested his innocence and criticized the UK government for doing little to help him.

“I still believe that I never committed any crime,” he said. “It really is a pity that the UK government didn’t try and resolve this without us having to come all the way over.”

That sentiment was echoed by Julia, who is thankful that the ordeal is now over but is disappointed by the inaction of the UK government.

“It’s just a pity that the British authorities couldn’t have allowed us to sort this out in the UK in a similar manner,” she said.

Of course, while the matter is now effectively over, there has still been a human cost.

“It’s been quite destructive to life really,” she said. “It messes up your finances, it messes up your relationships and causes stress.”

Offering a “a big thank you” to everyone who supported him throughout his ordeal, Richard said he was hoping to get back to normality soon.

“I’m just looking forward to getting back to university really, and seeing all my friends,” he said, but not before “a little celebration tonight.”

Richard and Julia will fly back to the UK today and will no doubt be looking forward to a peaceful Christmas – together, as a family.

TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer Avoids U.S. Extradition

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology on November 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

 

11/28/2012

TorrentFreak:

Richard O’Dwyer, the UK-based ex-administrator of the video linking website TVShack, will not be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement charges. After a long and hard battle, spearheaded by his mother and supported by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, O’Dwyer struck a deal with the U.S. government. Instead of being extradited the student has signed a “deferred prosecution” agreement which means that he keeps his freedom in exchange for paying compensation to the copyright holders.

Last year Richard O’Dwyer was arrested by UK police for operating TVShack, a website that listed user-submitted link to TV-shows.

The UK student has since fought a looming extradition to the US. In March, Home Secretary Theresa May officially approved the extradition request from US authorities, but today the news broke that O’Dwyer will stay a free man.

The former TVShack administrator signed a deferred judgment agreement with the U.S. authorities, the BBC reports this morning. As a result, O’Dwyer’s extradition is off the table. He will not be prosecuted in the U.S. but has agreed to pay a small sum compensation to the rightsholders.

A high Court Judge was informed that Richard’s mother Julia O’Dwyer will have to travel to the U.S. to complete the deal.

It is unclear why the U.S. decided to accept an agreement, but there is little doubt that the public protests organized by O’Dwyer’s mother and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales played an important role.

Jimmy Wales’ petition alone was signed by more than a quarter million people and was covered widely in the mainstream media.

The MPAA, who are believed to be the prime instigators of the case, were not happy with these campaigns and will probably be disappointed by the deal. A few months ago leaked documents revealed that the movie industry group saw Richard O’Dwyer as a purposeful copyright infringer.

“O’Dwyer was not a mere ‘middleman.’ He profited heavily from this activity. To call him a ‘middleman’ suggests a lack of involvement in the illegal activity, which is simply not the case,” MPAA wrote.

“Being 24, posing for newspaper photo shoots in a cartoon sweatshirt, and having your mother and Jimmy Wales speak for you, does not mean you are incapable for breaking the law,” the added.

UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye on his turn welcomes the deal.

“This decision vindicates the Pirate Party’s view that the extradition request was disproportionate and unnecessary all along. It does not remove the underlying problem though. The US can not be allowed to be the copyright cops of the world. I hope that Richard and Julia O’Dwyer will be able to begin to rebuild their lives now,” he says.

Interestingly enough, Richard O’Dwyer is not the only administrator of a TV-linking site to negotiate a deferred judgment agreement.

TorrentFreak has learned that Brian McCarthy is working on a similar deal in part due to his medical condition. The owner of Texas-based sports streaming site ChannelSurfing.net was arrested in March 2011 after he had his domain name seized.

For Richard and his mother Julia today’s news marks the end of an uncertain and hectic period. They are being advised not to comment on the specifics of the deal just yet, but promised TorrentFreak that there will be plenty of news later.

UK Home Office Ignores Wikipedia Founder’s Petition w/ 200K+ Signatures Against O’Dwyer Extradition

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology on July 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

07/02/2012

V3:

The Home Office has confirmed home secretary Theresa May will not block TVShack founder Richard O’Dwyer’s US extradition, despite widespread calls for her to do so.

The office confirmed to V3 that it was aware of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ anti-extradition petition, but would not be swayed by it on Monday.

“Richard O’Dwyer is wanted in the US for offences related to copyright infringement,” a Home Office spokesman told V3.

“The UK courts found there were no statutory bars to his surrender under the Extradition Act 2003 and on 9 March the Home Secretary, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed an order for his extradition to the US.”

The spokesperson confirmed that O’Dwyer’s fate will decided at his appeal hearing later in the year.

“Mr O’Dwyer has appealed against the decision of the District Judge and an appeal hearing will be held in due course.”

Wales started the petition on 24 June, claiming the US extradition request infringes on British citizen’s rights.

“Given the thin case against him, it is an outrage that he is being extradited to the US to face felony charges for something that he is not being prosecuted for here,” he wrote in the petition.

“No US citizen has ever been brought to the UK for alleged criminal activity that took place on US soil.”

The petition soon gathered mass support, breaking past the 200,000 milestone over the weekend, having hit 160,000 signatures on Friday.

The petition has received support from several celebrities and politicians. The most vocal advocates include Black Books and Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, Labour deputy chairman Tom Watson, Conservative MP Louise Mensch and Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart.

“It just seems to me that people like Richard are being punished for being able to navigate the modern world,” said Linehan.

“The internet has changed everything. They’re doing what comes naturally in these new uncharted waters and suddenly they’re getting their collars felt by people who still have Hotmail addresses.”

O’Dwyer is one of many website owners to have been arrested during US law enforcement’s ongoing anti-piracy campaign. As well as O’Dwyer the FBI is also seeking the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

Related Links:

TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer Responds to U.S. Extradition Approval

Petition: Stop the Extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA

Guardian Exclusive Interview with TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer

Guardian Exclusive Interview with TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer

In News, NWO, Police State, Science & Technology on June 27, 2012 at 6:47 AM

06/25/2012

Sheffield student Richard O’Dwyer, 24, faces extradition to the US and up to 10 years in prison for alleged copyright offences after setting up a website with links to TV shows called TVShack.com. Here, he discusses why he set up the site; his arrest and detention; and the battle his family faces to keep him in the UK.

 

Related Links:

TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer Responds to U.S. Extradition Approval

Petition: Stop the Extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA

Home Office Ignores Wikipedia Founder’s Petition w/ 200K+ Signatures Against O’Dwyer Extradition

Petition: Stop the Extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA

In News, NWO, Police State, Science & Technology on June 27, 2012 at 6:33 AM

SIGN PETITION HERE

Richard O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similar to a search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.

O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.

The internet as a whole must not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As citizens we must stand up for our rights online.

When operating his site, Richard O’Dwyer always did his best to play by the rules: on the few occasions he received requests to remove content from copyright holders, he complied. His site hosted links, not copyrighted content, and these were submitted by users.

Copyright is an important institution, serving a beneficial moral and economic purpose. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited. It does not mean that we should abandon time-honoured moral and legal principles to allow endless encroachments on our civil liberties in the interests of the moguls of Hollywood.

Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public. Earlier this year, in the fight against the anti-copyright bills SOPA and PIPA, the public won its first big victory. This could be our second.

This is why I am petitioning the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May to stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer. I hope you will join me.

- Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder

SIGN PETITION HERE

Related Links:

TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer Responds to U.S. Extradition Approval

Guardian Exclusive Interview with TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer

Home Office Ignores Wikipedia Founder’s Petition w/ 200K+ Signatures Against O’Dwyer Extradition

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