UK Student To Be Extradited For File-Sharing. Wikipedia’s Founder Intervenes
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Jimmy Wales – co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit company Wikipedia – has urged UK authorities yesterday to stop US’ efforts to extradite a 24-year-old British student wanted for copyright infringement.
Richard O’Dwyer was arrested two years ago from his university dorm. The operation was conducted by British officers aided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on grounds of copyright infringement. It was alleged that the young student was running a file-swapping website named TVShack.net – a service which enabled its users to share movies and TV-shows links, most of them copyrighted. U.S. authorities claim that Richard made over $200.000 from advertising on a period of three years.
In his defense, Jimmy Wales said that posting links is not a crime:
“Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public,” he stated in an online petition posted on Change.org.
In only a couple of hours the petition gathered over 20.400 signatures.
Furthermore, The Guardian has also showed its support, saying that the case was “unfair” and “absurd”.
We’ll keep you posted with this as soon as possible.