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Campaign to save Richard O’Dwyer draws support

Petition steams forward
Mon Jun 25 2012, 09:38
A campaign to save Richard O'Dwyer has a lot of support

A PETITION BACKED BY Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to save TV Shack student Richard O'Dwyer is approaching 10,000 signatures.

Less than 48 hours after the petition was launched with a target of 10,000, it stands at 9,500 and rising.

The support has been welcomed by O'Dwyer's mother, who like Janis Sharp - another mother that campaigns on behalf of her son, Gary McKinnon - is desperate to keep her child out of the hands of the US government and its prisons.

The petition was launched by Jimmy Wales, and in a column in the Guardian newspaper he explained why he thinks it is important.

Wales said that the case against Richard O'Dwyer is a flimsy one, saying, "it is an outrage that he is being extradited to the US to face felony charges."

He added, "From the beginning of the internet, we have seen a struggle between the interests of the "content industry" and the general public. Due to heavy lobbying and much money lavished on politicians, until very recently the content industry has won every battle.

"O'Dwyer is the human face of that battle, and if he's extradited and convicted, he will bear the human cost. That's why I've launched a petition on to ask the home secretary to stop his extradition - and why I hope you will sign it. Together, we won the battle against SOPA and PIPA. Together, we can win this one too."

O'Dwyer, 24, faces up to 10 years in prison for alleged copyright infringement offences. µ


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