UK Copyright Piracy Case Extradited to the US?

    January 13, 2012
    Shawn Hess
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Twenty-three year old Richard O’Dwyer is facing copyright infingment charges in the United States after a U.K. judge ordered it appropriate for him to prosecuted there. O’Dwyer is accused of operating a website which allegedly made thousands in advertising while linking viewers to pirated feature films and t.v. shows.

This news comes while the U.S. Congress continues to debate new legislation aimed at fighting piracy abroad. The 23 year olds attorney, Ben Cooper argues that O’Dwyer may not have been breaking the law. Cooper cites other notable sites who direct users to protected materials, namely Google and Yahoo.

The case should have interesting implications for the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the “Protect-IP” bills.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]
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    The ultimate litmus test for any website owner is whether that person can obtain an insurance policy to protect them as a business.

    Generally, insurance companies are far ahead of the information and trends curve. As a previous insurance underwriter, we often had information and statistics on individual industries that would make your head spin.

    If SOPA and/or Protect IP pass, it will be interesting to see what happens. Will there be additional lawsuits of the constitutionality of these acts?

    Consider this, the fed attempted to block the growth of the medicinal marijuana industry. The states stepped in and told the U.S. fed to back off our states’ rights. As a result, insurance companies now create insurance policies to defend individual dispensary owners against “federal drug busts.”

    To say the least, it will be interesting to watch how this unfolds. Personally, don’t take away my link sites.