O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University
in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in
prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similar to a
search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.
O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in
the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his
users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen
for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.
The internet as a whole must not tolerate
censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As
citizens we must stand up for our rights online.
his site, Richard O’Dwyer always did his best to play by the rules: on
the few occasions he received requests to remove content from copyright
holders, he complied. His site hosted links, not copyrighted content,
and these were submitted by users.