British student avoids US extradition over TV website

Nov 28, 2012
Student Richard O'Dwyer, at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on January 13, 2012. O'Dwyer, who created a website that let people watch films and television shows for free, has struck a deal with the United States to avoid extradition, London's High Court heard.

A British student who created a website that let people watch films and television shows for free has struck a deal with the United States to avoid extradition, London's High Court heard on Wednesday.

Richard O'Dwyer, a 24-year-old student at Sheffield Hallam University in , allegedly earned thousands of pounds through his TVShack website before US authorities closed it down over copyright .

He could have faced jail in the US. But his lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told the court that the student had signed a draft deal that will see him travel to the US and pay compensation, but avoid a trial and criminal record if found guilty.

O'Dwyer was arrested in London in 2010 and admitted to police that he earned about £15,000 ($24,000, 18,600 euros) a month from advertising on the TVShack site.

Judge John Thomas described the outcome as "very satisfactory".

"It would be very nice for everyone if this was resolved happily before Christmas," he added.

Interior minister Theresa May had approved O'Dwyer's extradition after a court ruling in January and the student had appealed against the decision.

He would have been the first British citizen to be extradited to the US for an alleged copyright offence of this kind. His lawyers had argued he would have become a "" for US copyright law.

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