British student faces extradition to the US over copyright breach

22.11.11 | |

Richard O'Dwyer 23, a British student is facing possible extradition to the US to face trial for breaching US copyright laws. Between 2007 and 2010, O'Dwyer operated a website called 'TV Shack' from his digs at Sheffield Hallam University. The site itself did not host any illegal material but published links to other websites where users could access and download pirate videos and TV series before their general release.


Previously the defence argued against the extradition on the grounds that the website was not hosted on US servers and none of the illegal content was available directly from TV Shack. During today's hearing at Westminster magistrates court Ben Cooper acting for the defendant said his client would be "vulnerable surrounded by the sorts of people who'd inhabit the federal detention centre in New York". He also accused US authorities of using delaying tactics to "create an unlevel playing field at trial". 

Mr Cooper argued his client was at a "crucial stage in his degree course" and "His education, but also his career development, would suffer if he faced pre-trial incarceration".

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