British Student Strikes Deal to Avoid Extradition in Copyright Case

The student, Richard O’Dwyer, had created a Web site called TVShack that was accused of violating copyright laws for containing free links to movies and television programs. In June the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, started an online petition seeking to stop Mr. O’Dwyer’s extradition to the United States, where he faced trial. Mr. O’Dwyer struck a deal that will require him to travel to the United States and pay a small fine, but he will not face jail time.

O’Dwyer’s extradition application is due to return to the high court in 15 days’ time so it can be formally disposed of. He is meanwhile expected to go to the US and fulfil the terms of the agreement, which, as well as payment, demand undertakings not to infringe copyright laws again.

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