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Copyright laws in the U.S. affects a UK Student

A controversial treaty in Britain intended to extradite terror suspects is being used to extradite a UK citizen to the U.S.

Richard O’Dwyer, a UK student, faces extradition to the U.S. for a website he created to give people free access to movies online. His actions are not illegal in the UK, but it is in the U.S. He could get up to 10 years in prison if indicted.

The British courts have agreed with the treaty. U.S. prosecutors claim Richard profited from U.S. advertising in his website. They allege that his actions had a direct affect in the U.S.U.K.- U.S. extradition treaty was signed in 2003 which was supposed to bring international terrorists to justice. British citizens feel that the treaty seems to be one-sided where it has become easier for the U.S. to extradite people from Britain, but not the other way around.

British MPs had been pushing for a change. At this point in time, changes to the treaty are still being debated inĀ  Parliament.

Richard O’Dwyer and his family can still appeal the ruling. However, it may be too late if the government’s inaction continues.

As for the U.S.A. spending resources to extradite a kid from Britain who is barely a terrorist, may we suggest that they focus on fixing their economy and actually finding real terror suspects.