President Obama quizzed on Sheffield student’s extradition

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US President Barack Obama has faced heavy questioning over attempts to extradite a Sheffield student accused of breaking American copyright laws.

Richard O’Dwyer, 23, is wanted for allegedly earning thousands of pounds through the TVShack website he created which enabled users to watch films and television shows for free.

His case topped of a list of subjects that American voters put to their president during an online question-and-answer session.

Mr Obama told participants in yesterday’s web discussion that he was not personally involved in the case but insisted the administration wanted to ensure that intellectual property was protected “in a way that’s consistent with internet freedom”.

Mr O’Dwyer, a Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate, faces jail if convicted of the allegations.

His lawyers say he would be the first British citizen to be extradited for such an offence and would effectively become a “guinea pig” for copyright law in the US.

Earlier this month, a court ruled that the student could be sent to the US to face trial.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.