Bolsover student faces extradition to US over TVShack website

Richard O'Dwyer
Richard O'Dwyer

A JUDGE has ruled that a Bolsover student can be extradited to America to face trial for copyright infringement allegations over a website he created which helped people watch films and TV shows for free.

Richard O’Dwyer (23) is likely to appeal against the ruling in London, which means he could be sent to the US and jailed.

The court in Westminster was told that his TVShack website streamed free films and TV shows online.

US Customs and Border Protection agency claimed that he earned over $230,000 in advertising revenue before police officers from the UK and America seized equipment at his home in 2010.

However, the student’s lawyer, Ben Cooper, argued that the site did not store copyrighted material, but instead pointed users in the direction of other sites, in a similar way to search engines like Google.

Richard’s mum Julia, in tears outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court, said: “There’s no safeguards here for British citizens.”

Criticising the extradition treaty between the UK and the US, she said: “Look at how many people we send over there, and how few come here. If they can come for Richard they can come for anyone.”