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TV Shack creator can be extradited to the US, UK court rules

STUDENT Richard O'Dwyer can be extradited to the US over copyright infringement allegations related to his web site TV Shack, a UK court has ruled.

O'Dwyer created the TV Shack web site and is the subject of an order for his extradition to the US, much like Gary McKinnon.

Support for O'Dwyer had been building on Twitter, with Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye saying after the news, "Devastated. Protecting copyright has come to mean accepting unacceptable human collateral like Richard O'Dwyer."

 

Friday, 13 January, 2012 (All day)

'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer avoids US extradition

A student facing trial and possible imprisonment in the United States has struck a deal to avoid extradition, the High Court has been told.

Richard O'Dwyer, from Sheffield, is accused of breaking copyright laws. The US authorities claimed the 24-year-old's TVShack website hosted links to pirated films and TV programmes.

Loz Kaye, leader of Pirate Party UK, a political party which wants to legalise non-commercial file-sharing, said the deal struck by Mr O'Dwyer showed the US extradition request had been "disproportionate and unnecessary".

"It does not remove the underlying problem, though. The US cannot be allowed to be the copyright cops of the world," he said.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 (All day)

Theresa May ends a decade of fear for Gary McKinnon

TODAY the UK Home Secretary Theresa May answered a question that was first asked a decade ago, must Gary McKinnon be extradited to the US?

The good news is she answered in the negative, and in doing so closed down a chapter of torment in the alleged NASA hacker's life.

"My thoughts are particularly with tireless campaigner Janis Sharp today. An inspiration," added Loz Kaye, the leader of the Pirate Party in the UK.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 (All day)

Manning Sentence An Attack On Whistleblowers

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 15:30

Bradley Manning, the whistleblower behind much of Wikileaks' revelations including the 'Collateral Murder' video has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, reduced in rank to E-1 and will be dishonourably discharged. He has been given 1294 days credit for the time he has served in US Military custody, partly under conditions described by United Nations as being "cruel and inhuman". While he was not found guilty of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy he was found guilty of 17 out of the 22 counts against him, and of an amended version of four others.

Time For Our Independence Day. Independence From the US.

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The 4th of July is always a little bit odd for us here in the UK. It's usually accompanied with wry jokes about how we should never have let the former colony go. Jokes that mask Britain's enduring inability to see how the world, and our place in it, has changed. What has changed above all is that the balance of power is utterly reversed.

Whether it is on foreign policy or on the domestic surveillance of our citizens, successive UK governments follow America's lead unswervingly. We're not quite Airstrip One yet, but the 4th is no cause for fireworks and parades this side of the pond as far as I'm concerned.

'PRISM' - Snoopers' Charter US Edition

Friday, 7 June, 2013 - 01:45

It has been widely reported that the US intelligence community can access a broad range of data held on the servers of several major US based Internet companies. The data held by these companies would relate to American and non-US citizens alike. Documents describing the secret program, codenamed PRISM, show the extent of electronic surveillance operations.

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Bradley Manning : 300 Days

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Today sees the depressing milestone that Bradley Manning has been imprisoned for 300 days. I was proud to speak at the rally in support of him on the 20th March outside the US Embassy, like demonstrators across the globe. 

For over seven months he has been held in military arrest in conditions that most of us could not imagine enduring. To be confined in a tiny windowless cell. To be held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. To be forced to stand naked. To be put under intolerable psychological pressure. No wonder that Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, likened the conditions to those in Guantanamo Bay. 

McKinnon's Mum to Speak at Select Committee

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With few options left, Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother, remains indefatigable in her fight against Gary's extradition to the US. Gary, Janis and even the UK government acknowledges that Gary's crime was committed here in the UK, yet inexplicably the UK government calls itself 'powerless' to prevent Gary being carted to the US to face a disproportionate penalty. Pathetic words of sympathy are offered by Sarah Brown, the PM's wife, but what good will they do? What the government refuses to admit is that it is far from powerless. It just chooses not to act. Britain is a sovereign state. If the government permitted time, our parliament could change the law.