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UK Pirate Party slams TV Shack creator's extradition ruling

Says copyright law enforcement is ‘absurd to the extreme’
Fri Jan 13 2012, 16:45

UK PIRATE PARTY leader Loz Kaye has hit out at draconian copyright law enforcement, saying it has become "absurd to the extreme".

Kaye's comments follow a UK court ruling today that 23 year old student Richard O'Dwyer can be extradited to the US over allegations of copyright infringement by his web site TV Shack.

O'Dwyer is accused of facilitating copyright infringement for setting up the web site TV Shack, which had links to thousands of films and TV shows but did not directly host them. If extradited to the US and convicted of criminal copyright infringement, he could be imprisoned for up to five years.

Kaye said in a statement that the service that O'Dwyer provided was "no different to those of US search giants like Google".

He added,"By supporting the baseless US extradition case against Richard O'Dwyer today at Westminster Magistrates Court Judge Quentin Purdy has failed to inject the much needed shot of rationality into the insanity of the UK-US extradition arrangements [that] we had all hoped for."

The UK Pirate Party leader said that the case highlights how "attempts to enforce copyright law have become absurd in the extreme".

He said, "The fact that a link, a simple pointer to somewhere else, could be deemed a breach of copyright is bizarre. If attempts to extradite Richard are successful it would put anyone who hosts or runs a website at risk for simply sharing a link to a video, some music, a photograph or other media."

He concluded, "This outcome is a failure on the part of our British justice system to act in a sensible and reasonable way. This case is the perfect example of what enforcing copyright is: excessive, overblown and aimed at easy targets innocent or not whilst ignoring the human." µ


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