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article image2600 to air exclusive interview with Richard O'Dwyer's mother

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 28, 2012 in Internet
An exclusive interview is to be aired tonight with Julia O’Dwyer – the mother whose son is currently awaiting deportation from the UK to the US.
O’Dwyer’s son, Richard, 23, has been accused by US authorities of providing links to “copyright infringing” material through his website, TVShack.net.
According to pre-transmission details from 2600, “Julia O’Dwyer will be discussing her son’s case, how it’s affected their lives, and how they’re fighting it.”
The British Home Secretary Theresa May signed the order for Richard O’Dwyer’s extradition on Tuesday, 13 March 2012.
O’Dwyer is being extradited under a controversial US–UK extradition treaty. The treaty was introduced in 2003, during Tony Blair’s time as British Prime minister. As reported in Digital Journal earlier this month, “Human-rights campaigners raised concerns at the time about the unbalanced nature of the agreement, and have continued to do so.
The 23-year-old has been accused by ICE – the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – of copyright infringement by hosting links to pirated films and television programmes on his now-defunct TVShack website.
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TVShack did not host illegal material itself, but provided links to other sites that did. According to an article in Infosecurity, “One of the principles at the heart of the debate is whether a conduit is liable for the material it channels [which] could imply that postal services are responsible for the content of the letters they deliver. It would certainly imply that Google and other search engines are responsible for the content of their search results.”
Writing on her blog, # Extradition The Fight of Our Lives, O’Dwyer’s mother says, “I am fighting against my own government who are assisting the US in extraditing my son in breach of his Human Rights.”
Support
O'Dwyer has received a lot of public support. An online petition set up in support of the Sheffield Hallam University student has so far garnered in excess of 21000 signatures.
The preamble to the petition reads: “Richard O'Dwyer a 23yr old University student has been served an Extradition Warrant by the US on charges of copyright infringement relating to his web site which provided links to enable its users to access films on the internet. At all times he was in the UK, his servers were not in the US and his domain names were not in the US.
It continues, “The alleged conduct took place entirely in the UK. Richard is asking for a fair trial in the UK, where the alleged offences took place and where he will be able to defend himself.”
2600 is one of the longest-running ‘hacker’ publications in the world. Its interview with O’Dwyer’s mother will be broadcast tonight – Wednesday, 28 March – in New York City, during WBAI 99.5 FM’s Off The Hook. The interview will go out between7:00 and 8:00 PM EST, and can also be heard via the Internet.
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