UK student faces US extradition over streaming
June 20, 2011
A computer science student from the UK faces extradition to the US on copyright infringement charges. Richard O’Dwyer, 23, appeared before Westminster magistrates as part of the extradition process and was bailed. As a condition of his bail, O’Dwyer, must not access the website or register another domain name.
The accusations relate to a website he set up where films and videos could be watched online. O’Dwyer is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court again on September 12th.
His lawyers argues he should be tried in the UK, and that he did not host the copyrighted material. If O’Dwyer is extradited he faces one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and one of criminal infringement of copyright, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in jail in the US.
People were not charged to view the material through the website, but O’Dwyer did make money from advertisements.