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UK student strikes pact with US to avoid extradition over copyright abuse claims

Written on:November 28, 2023
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Richard O’Dwyer had allegedly earned £15,000 per month from advertising on his TVShack website

Richard O’Dwyer, a 24-year-old British student, who generated a website, which permitted netizens to view TV shows and films for free, has struck a pact with the US authorities to avoid being extradited to the US.

Richard O’Dwyer, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, had earned allegedly thousands of pounds via his TVShack website, before the US authorities shut down the website over copyright violation claims.

London’s High Court has been told on Wednesday by the British student’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, that the student would voyage to the US and pay compensation to the US authorities. This arrangement is central to the pact signed between Richard O’Dwyer and the US authorities. He would also avoid a trial and criminal record if found guilty.

The punishment for the alleged offence of Richard O’Dwyer is jail time in the US. The student was detained in London in 2010 and apparently confessed to the police that he earned £15,000 per month from advertising on the TVShack website.

As per Judge John Thomas, the outcome of the Richard O’Dwyer extradition case was very satisfactory. It would be terrific if the Richard O’Dwyer extradition case was settled happily before Christmas, voiced Judge Thomas.

As per the lawyer of Richard O’Dwyer, had the British student been extradited to the US, he would have become a ‘guinea pig’ for US copyright law.

Richard O’Dwyer would have become the initial British national to be extradited to the US for a supposed copyright crime of this sort. Home Secretary Theresa May had sanctioned O’Dwyer’s extradition after a January court verdict. The British student had subsequently appealed against the court verdict.

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