Court rules Sheffield student can be extradited

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A SHEFFIELD student can be extradited to America to face trial over copyright infringement accusations, a court has ruled.

Lawyers and the mother of Richard O’Dwyer, 23, yesterday vowed to appeal the ruling which means he could be sent to the US and, if convicted, face jail.

The Sheffield Hallam University student created a website which helped people watch films and TV shows for free, allegedly earning thousands of pounds through advertising before it was closed.

In court his lawyer Ben Cooper argued the site did not store copyright material itself and merely pointed users to other sites like Google does.

But District Judge Quentin Purdy ruled at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the extradition requested by US authorities could go ahead.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.

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