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MPAA wants to spin O’Dwyer case in its direction

Smear tactics revealed in leaked document
Mon Aug 06 2012, 10:10
TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer

THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA) has been accused of trying to smear Richard O'Dwyer, the student at the centre of the TV Shack extradition case in the UK.

A leaked document seen by Torrent Freak shows the MPAA cartel planning to paint the 24 year old O'Dwyer as a bad actor.

"Being 24, posing for newspaper photo shoots in a cartoon sweatshirt, and having your mother and Jimmy Wales speak for you, does not mean you are incapable for breaking the law," it says in reference to the petition set up by the Wikipedia founder. "This case isn't about Internet freedom. It's about a man profiting from theft."

The document rejects any notions of sympathy or compassion, and has no truck with any suggestion that TV Shack was a small web site that did not do anyone any harm.

It says that TV Shack was a popular destination highly ranked by Alexa, and a money spinner. However, although TV Shack just provided links to copyrighted content, the document claims it should not to be viewed the same way as Google or Yahoo, for example.

"The O'Dwyers and their supporters argue that TV Shack was similar to Google and Yahoo - which is false - TV Shack was not a search engine," it adds. "It was a site dedicated almost exclusively to making infringing content publicly available. Sites that act as clearinghouses for stolen content have absolutely nothing in common with genuine search engines."

O'Dwyer's extradition has been approved by UK Home Secretary Theresa May, but Jimmy Wales is confident that his petition can change her mind.

The petition has around 239,000 signatures and a target of 250,000. µ


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