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Briton Richard O'Dwyer will avoid extradition to the US to face trial and possible jail time over allegations his video download links website facilitated copyright infringement. The 24-year-old Sheffield Hallam university student has agreed to travel to America and pay a small sum of compensation, the High Court in London …

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  1. JohnG

    Google OK though?

    Google and other search engines also provide links to downloads of copyrighted material.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Google OK though?

      Yes, but they take the links down when requested.

      Also, wasn't this the guy who had already been closed down for something pretty similar, then did the same thing again.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Google OK though?

      If your point is that the people who wanted to prosecute O'Dwyer are ignoring Google, you are quite mistaken. There are many people and organizations that are trying to hold Google responsible for their actions but Google is proving a difficult target.

      The thought is inescapable that the only reason you don't know it, is that you make an effort to not see it.

    3. Tom 13

      Re: Google OK though?

      The US precedent, which is Napster. In that case the courts found that even though the money came from advertising, because Napster's business model explicitly depended upon promoting pirated material the company was liable for damages as a conspirator in the distribution of those materials.

      The same thing applies to TV shack, but not to Google. Google's business model explicitly depends on advertising legitimate search terms, not pirated materials. So long as they make an honest and good effort to remove infringing materials when notified they comply with the law.

      If we didn't have a mutual treaty about extraditing fraudsters between our countries, you would have a sovereignty leg to stand on. But you do have such a treaty so the sovereignty issue is moot. You want that leg back, break the treaty. But I'm willing to wager that on the whole, your country gets more out of observing and maintaining that treaty than it would gain by resigning from it.

      1. Vic

        Re: Google OK though?

        > your country gets more out of observing and maintaining that treaty

        I really doubt it...

        Vic.

  2. Rob

    Touch down

    I wouldn't fly over there to pay a fine, once your feet are on their land who's to say they will let you fly out again, not exactly out of the realms of possibility for the US.

    What's wrong with making the payment via BACS or paypal with a written apology?

    1. miknik
      Trollface

      Re: Touch down

      The simple solution would be to post on Twitter before you fly out about how you are going to tear up the USA on your rampaging holiday. The TSA will ensure you never make it out of the airport.

      Does Robin Hood airport have flights to the USA?

      1. moiety

        Re: Touch down

        Te simplest solution would be to post a cheque. Fucked if I'd fly over there to pay a fine.

      2. Barrie Shepherd

        Re: Touch down

        In my experience (3 flights) the Check-in, Security, Immigration and South Yorks Police staff (yes they also check you out - when I flew at least) are more draconian and "Jobs Worth" than the TSA staff I came across earlier this year on a trip to New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

        I have a mental note never to use Finningley (Robing Hood) Airport again - serves them right for stealing the name from Nottinghamshire!

        1. Hyphen
          Happy

          Re: Touch down

          Upvoted, as a Notts lad me-sen ;-)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Touch down

      The cost of flying there and all the inconvenience is probably at his own expense. As long as his British lawyers and courts are in the loop, I expect the US to play nice. Remember; the US system is all about obtaining the prosecution at any cost (the prosecutors hold all the cards and then some), and for none capital crimes, generous plea bargains are offered for no other reason than an ambitious prosecutor can "advance to the next level". It's a nasty, corrupt system IMHO but in this case I hope it has been used well by all parties.

    3. Androgynous Crackwhore
      Big Brother

      Re: Touch down

      Please just stuff a cheque and affidavit into an envelope. Something like:

      Dear Americans

      I'm sorry you felt my website failed to comply with your copyright legislation. It is now defunked and I have no intention of reviving it (my former website that is, not your copyright legislation, of course). Here's a cheque for the damages we agreed.

      Y'all have yourselves a nice day now

      I'd love to see T May try to deport someone for failing to needlessly pay BA a few hundred quid for an unwanted ride in an airbus!

  3. Chad H.

    Strange...

    Why make him travel to the US? Maybe I need a new tinfoil hat, but that sounds a bit suspicious to me... Is there anything to stop them cuffing him at the airport?

    1. SkippyBing Silver badge

      Re: Strange...

      If my experience of US immigration is typical I'd be asking for it to count as part payment of the fine.

    2. Turtle

      Re: Strange...

      "Is there anything to stop them cuffing him at the airport?"

      I certainly hope not.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Orange jumpsuit

    He'll be fitted for an orange jumpsuit as soon as he hits immigration!

    1. LinkOfHyrule
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Orange jumpsuit

      What is it with prisoners and Network Rail employees and their orange overalls? It's a bit 1970s that colour for crying out loud!

      1. Thorne

        Re: Orange jumpsuit

        Sherrif Joe makes em wear pink ones...

        1. LinkOfHyrule
          Coat

          Re: Orange jumpsuit

          There's a really bad joke here too about prolific sex offenders being made to wear orange shell-suits, but I won't say it!

  5. JimmyPage Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Would *you* go ?

    The US has a long and very public history of ignoring international law - what makes anyone they will honour their word ?

    1. Keep Refrigerated
      Terminator

      Re: Would *you* go ?

      Agree with this.

      Even if he's made a deal with the ICE, the US has dozens of departments with different acronyms that don't talk to each other and don't coordinate. There's probably a number of departments that have a file on him and will be waiting in arrivals as soon as he lands.

      When the UK court complains that he's been taken into custody the ICE will simply their their hands up in the air and say "Wasn't us, it was the FBCIAA, they have their own investigation and we don't have any control over what they do!"

    2. Thorne

      Re: Would *you* go ?

      "The US has a long and very public history of ignoring international law - what makes anyone they will honour their word ?"

      American law IS international law. Didn't you know?

  6. David Hicks
    Black Helicopters

    It's a trap!

    El Reg needs an Admiral Akbar icon for this.

    Next week we'll be reading about how surprised everyone was when he was arrested at the airport as soon as he cleared immigration.

    This whole thing is a sham. If he committed an offence he did it here, in the UK, and should be charged under UK law. Same with that McKinnon fellow.

    1. K Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: It's a trap!

      He should face the UK courts, we have copyright laws that he should be measured against!

      But I disagree about McKinnon, he flagrantly hacked into US based servers that only affected US based agencies, which left them with a significant clean up bill, hence he was culpable to their laws - The only reason I believe he should not have been extradited is the US was disproportionate in its approach, they tried every dirty trick in the book and blatantly wanted to make an example of him.. which was wrong! He did wrong and hence should answer for that, but only if the scales of justice are fairly measured.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ""It does not remove the underlying problem though. The US can not be allowed to be the copyright cops of the world,"

    And yet no one is doing naff all to stop them. Either you are a sovereign country or you are not.

  8. NoneSuch
    Stop

    I am thinking that they will add him to the "Do Not Fly" list once his feet hit the ground. At that point he will be guilty as charged.

    1. phuzz Silver badge
      Go

      He could just drive up to Canada (or down to Mexico), and fly from there.

    2. Tom 13

      Re: "Do Not Fly"

      If the TSA were that efficient, Americans would actually support them. I expect he'll be back in Old Blighty and bouncing his grandkids on his knee before they get the paperwork processed.

  9. The Alpha Klutz

    "they just want to give you a small kick on the bum with a regular shoe...."

  10. David 45

    Sell-out

    Still don't like the sound of this. He shouldn't have had an extradition order in the first place and why should he have to capitulate for something not illegal under British law and not actually "committed" in the states? Does this set a precedent that the USA has control over every internet user in the rest of the world? (Also think Kim Dotcom). About time their high-handed attitude was reined in.

    Just seen this elsewhere that echoes my sentiments:

    Open Rights Group chief Jim Killock said in a statement that it was "great that [O'Dwyer's] extradition request will be dropped", but he should not have been up for extradition at all.

    "Is the UK government happy for the US to assume jurisdiction over every UK Internet user? The government would do well to take a long hard look at its extradition arrangements with the USA," Killock said.

    1. Thorne

      Re: Sell-out

      The UK government should have thrown the whole request out instead of selling out it's citizens

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There is only one thing to be said;

    Fuck you Theresa May!

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    IT'S A TRAP!

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  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it would be funny

    if not damn ironic, if he were stopped at the port of entry, cuffed and put on the first plane back to the UK. Not exactly unlikely. Likewise, let in, promptly re-dressed in orange overalls, shackled, etc.

    but of course, our US partners would NEVER do that!

  14. Local G
    Happy

    Obama gets reelected

    and wonderful things start to happen :-)

  15. M Gale

    This is how the extradition process should go:

    So how many people did this guy kill?

    Oh.. none.

    So.. did he commit a crime on your soil and flee to here?

    What, no?

    Well with all due respect, do kindly fuck off.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: This is how the extradition process should go:

      I can see some other cases where extradition could be justified - for example, if the crime was a complex financial one, the requesting nation had better access to financial and other forensics methods, and numerous citizens of the requesting nation had been defrauded. And, of course, there are crimes that are tantamount to murder in many (most?) jurisdictions, such as conspiracy to commit murder.

      But that said, I'd agree that the constraints on extradition should be much tighter, and review should be thorough.

  16. John 211

    Will they let him in?

    I'm hoping some commentard knows the answer to this, but this sounds like he has been found guilty (admitted guilt) of a crime in the US, so surely has to declare this when entering the US. Are the TSA likely to even let him get past the airport?

  17. Simon Beckett
    Stop

    Re: will they let him in

    Theoretically because he cant use ESTA (even if he had been arrested in the uk only this would still be the case, a fact that very few people know until its too late) he will need a visa to enter the US, I assume since this deal is brokered at a high level that will be issued. He'll have to visit the us embassy in london and pay for that as well of course, and the PoE officer (that's point of entry not power over Ethernet) can still refuse entry if he/she feels like it.

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