January 31, 2012
Obama faces protests over British student extradited to U.S. over pirated films
Barack Obama was last night facing a groundswell of protest within the U.S. over attempts to extradite British student Richard O’Dwyer. The Daily Mail reports.
Incredibly, the plight of the 23-year-old – who is accused of breaking copyright laws – came top of a list of subjects the American public want to put to their president.
The student’s legal team argue the site did not store any copyright material and merely pointed users to other sites in the same way as Yahoo and Google.
... Any American with a YouTube account was invited to post a question or vote on a question. Some 227,966 submitted 133,255 questions and cast 1,630,870 votes. The top question read: ‘Why are you personally supporting the extradition of UK citizen Richard O’Dwyer for solely linking to copyright-infringing works using an Extradition Treaty designed to combat terrorism and to bring terrorists to judgement in the USA?’
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