Richard O’Dwyer, the 23 year old man who was accused by Big Content of operating streaming website TVShack, faces extradition to the United States.
O’Dwyer’s servers were outside of the USA, but that has not stopped Big Content and its political cronies from pursuing him and calling for an extradition. A British court has now, reports Guardian journalist Peter Walker from his Twitter, caved in to America’s demands and he faces being shipped to the States for the grave crime of linking to website that stream TV shows online for free.
According to Walker, Judge Quentin Purdy ruled that O’Dwyer’s website “could have” been illegal under UK law, and that any grounds for human rights appeals would go nowhere. O’Dwyer’s family will appeal.
The USA has been openly running a paper tiger policy against people it perceives are a threat to its churlish but effective role as the world’s bully.
Hacker Gary McKinnon was targeted because, admitted a US ambassador, he “mocked” the USA. Senator Darrell Issa said of Julian Assange: “If the President says ‘I can’t deal with this guy as a terrorist,’ then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal, otherwise the world is laughing at – this paper tiger we’ve become.”
If Big Content has the influence to push through an undemocratic blanket-censorship bill like SOPA, then it has the influence to push for O’Dwyer’s extradition.
O’Dwyer’s mother’s statement is a poignant one. She told the Guardian’s Walker: “If they can come for Richard they can come for anyone”.