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Published on Mar 15, 2012
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'Piracy' student Richard O'Dwyer loses extradition case over TVShack website The 23-year-old Sheffield Hallam University student faces up to 10 years in a US federal prison for operating TVShack which US authorities say hosts links to pirated and copyrighted video content.
the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement department first seized O'Dwyer's website, TVShack.com, in June 2010. At that time, they were able to shut down the website as the US has jurisdiction over any .net and .com domain names. This prompted O'Dwyer to relaunch his website with a .cc domain extension shortly after the website was shut down.
There are similarities between O'Dwyer's case and that of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who is facing a possible extradition from New Zealand to the US over his own site. Dotcom's site provided file-sharing services for users and made money selling ads and subscriptions. Unlike Megaupload.com, however, O'Dwyer did not physically host any illegal material or allow users to commit crimes by uploading copyrighted items. All O'Dwyer did was to manage a website that contained links to other websites,