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June 25, 2012
Stop the Extradition of Richard O'Dwyer
Not quite a six-year-old story, but about six months ago I noted that copyright cases in the UK seemed to have gone off the rails
, including the pending extradition of Richard O'Dwyer to the US for doing something that was legal in the UK.
In specific, O'Dwyer ran a site that linked to online television programs. You know, the kinds of things you can find via a Google, Yahoo, or Bing search. But nevermind that, his site (which was never on US soil either) apparently violates the law in some way that those search engines don't. Mostly by being run by a poor individual rather than a large corporation, I'm guessing. As a result, O'Dwyer is now facing extradition to the US where he could be looking at a 10+ year sentence for - I keep having to say this because it's so unbelievable - doing nothing wrong.
A number of people have realized that O'Dwyer didn't actually violate any laws, among them Jimmy Wales - notably a creator of Wikipedia and recently a voice in the fight against SOPA/PIPA/ACTA. Wales has a petition up on change.org asking the UK Home Office to block this extradition of a guy who (repeat along with me please) DID NOT BREAK ANY LAWS. Seriously, guys, this is just batshit insane.
Sign the petition if you haven't already (as of this writing they're closing on their initial 25,000 signature goal) and please if you live in the UK contact your representatives - anyone whose voice the Home Office might hear.
(hat-tip to Cory/Boingboing who blogged this yesterday.)
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