How can people who are following the law in their own country be guilty of committing criminal offenses in the US?
kreiley 1 year ago
Richard O'Dwyer is the British kid who was running TVShack, a site that allowed users to share links to TV shows, an activity that is 100% legal in the UK. Nor were his servers located in the States. Nevertheless, he faced extradition to the States to face criminal charges for potentially violating US copyright law, even though he also removed links if someone who held a copyright notified him of it. Keep in mind, that we are talking about a 23 year old college student, and he is facing felony CRIMINAL charges, in other words hard time in prison, up to 5 years of it, possibly in addition to a massive fine, for link sharing. If someone in the UK can be extradited to a country to face criminal charges on such thin grounds, how can any of us be sure that we aren't doing something in the US that violates the criminal law of a country that has an extradition treaty with the US. For instance, if I were to write something negative about the King of Thailand, where there are strict lese majesty laws, why would that be any different than what O'Dwyer did? Would I face extradition to Thailand to face criminal charges because it was online? I find the O'Dwyer case deeply troubling. Am I overreacting, or are my concerns valid?
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