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Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Internet |

Wikipedia founder protest to avoid extradition to the U.S. English student for pirating

Wikipedia founder protest to avoid extradition to the U.S. English student for pirating

The co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is trying to avoid that Richard O’Dwyer, an English boy of 24 who ran the site TVShack, be extradited to the U.S. for copyright infringement.

O’Dwyer’s case as mentioned last year , and is notable for several reasons: the young man is English, their servers are not in the U.S., he only shared links (not hosted content) and crime – if there – was committed in the UK. Why would they extradite him then?

According to Jimmy Wales, the case is an example of a growing lobby of copyright on the Internet. “Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the general public interest,” he said.

O’Dwyer was arrested last year and has since been trying to avoid extradition, without success. In March, U.S. requirements were approved by England. The boy is now awaiting the Supreme Court decision on his case.

Wales launched a petition on Change.org NGOs , seeking to stop the extradition. “By running the site, Richard O’Dwyer always did his best to follow the rules: on the few occasions when he was asked to remove content from copyright owners, he fulfilled. If site had links, no copyrighted material, and these were submitted by users, “said Wales.

“Copyright is an important institution, which serves an economic purpose and moral benefit. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited. That does not mean we should abandon our moral and legal principles to allow an invasion of our civil liberties in the interest of Hollywood moguls, “he added.

Wales compared this fight that gave many people and many websites – including Wikipedia – from SOUP and PIPA.

Link: Stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA (Change.org)