The Richard O’Dwyer petition

Don’t know who Richard O’Dwyer is?

Richard O’Dwyer is a UK citizen and resident.

While in the UK, he is accused (not convicted) of breaking US laws in the  UK – and is being extradited to the US for it!

Since when does the US have the right to enforce its laws on people outside its borders, who aren’t even themselves Americans?

OK, Kim Dotcom might have ideas of what this feels like – but he has a legal team to help him while this kid just created a website in his free time where people shared links.

His site itself did not host any copyrighted material – just links.

He complied with each and every takedown notice that he was linking to copyrighted material.

Yet, he is still being extradited to the US where he faces over a decade in jail?!?!?

This is all out of whack…

The petition voicing displeasure at this state of things is here.

It also fleshes out the backstory:

‘Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public. Earlier this year, in the fight against the anti-copyright bills SOPA and PIPA, the public won its first big victory. This could be our second.’

We should all pay attention.

Copyright infringement has always been – and ought to remain – a civil matter.

That we have permitted the resources of the state to be subverted for the use of Big Media,  that we consider copyright infringement to be the same as theft – even though not a single person or corporation had been deprived of the use of their property – that is just unbelievably misguided.

But that people living in distant lands should be extradited and tried for their activities which, at best (if the prosecutors win their case),  did not commit copyright  infringement directly, but simply facilitated it…

That is too bizzare for words!