Richard O’Dwyer could become the first British citizen to be extradited to the US on a copyright offense. In 2010, the now 23-year-old came under fire for hosting TVShack, a website that listed links to sites where users could access movies and TV shows – although it did not host any content itself. In January of this year, it was reported that he was facing possible extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement pending a decision by Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May. May has now signed the extradition order after having “carefully considered all relevant matters,” according to a spokesperson, UK media report. The case was brought by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which claims TVShack earned more than $230,000 in advertising revenue before it was seized. O’Dwyer previously said he undertook the site as a project to improve his skills and job marketability and that the ad sales were to cover server fees. In January, his attorney said O’Dwyer had done nothing more than Google or Yahoo search engines. O’Dwyer would be extradited under the 2003 Extradition Act that has been criticized for being one-sided. For the UK to extradite someone from the US, probable cause must be shown. In the reverse, the US must show reasonable suspicion, according to The BBC. O’Dwyer’s mother Julia said this week: “By rights, it should make for an interesting conversation between the Obamas and Camerons aboard Air Force One, but I’m not holding my breath.” Richard O’Dwyer has 14 days to appeal the Home Secretary’s order.
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