March 14, 2012, 11:01 AM —
TVShack.net linking activities legal in Britain, but US seized domain name as student faces possible 10 years in US prison.
Richard O'Dwyer, a 23 year old student at Sheffield Hallam University, has lost his battle to resist extradition to the US. In June 2010, ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) seized the TVShack.net domain, even though it was hosted in Sweden (the .net domain registrar is in the US). A British court found the extradition order lawful and the UK Home Secretary agreed to fulfill the extradition order.
O'Dwyer's TVShack.net sited was established in December 2007, and claimed to be a "resource site" for movie, television, music, and other files located on third-party sites. Hosted in Sweden, the website content later moved to TVShack.cc, a domain not registered in the US. ICE grabbed that domain, along with more than 80 others, in November 2010. British media is boiling over the extradition of a young student, directing their anger at both the US and British officials for allowing the action.
Fascist Police State - the most serious crimes are the ones against greedy corporation.
kot_matroskin on arstechnica.com
he's accused of aiding and abetting those who aided and abetted those who infringed copyright in Romania who, among many infringements, some were of American rightsholders.
pinkyorperky on telegraph.co.uk
Will we be shipped off to a Gulf State if we offend Muslims? If you can be extradited to a foreign country for something that is legal in this country then what is the point of British citizenship.
nogbadthebadest on telegraph.co.uk
We seem to be filing more extraditions for copyright violators than murderers, rapists, kidnappers, and financial fraudsters combined.
Facekhan on arstechnica.com
Wow. And not a good wow. Charged for posting links. Can't help but think we are on a path to no place good.
Romberry on arstechnica.com
Don't host your startup with a US company or at a European data center belonging to a US company (e.g. AWS or Linode in Ireland). And preferably not in a country that is a US copyright/IP colony (UK, AU, NZ, CA).
hastur on news.ycombinator.com
It was a linking site, he wasn't hosting anything. Google aids in copyright infringement as people use their service every day to find download links to things. But they are fine?
methoddk on news.ycombinator.com
Legal authorities prosecuting Internet-based crimes will generate an enormous amount of new case law figuring out global jurisdictions for local crimes over the next dozen or so years.