- United States Department of Justice
- United States of America
Richard O'Dwyer who reportedly started a website called TVshack.net is in jeopardy of facing extradition to the United States from the United Kingdom for allegedly breaking United States copyright infringement laws.
If this is allowed to happen, it will set a precedent in which United States citizens could be extradited to foreign nations for breaking their laws if our country is to act fairly in foreign affairs.
We can not allow this precedent to be set. If it is, we will either be hypocrites or actually allow our citizens to be extradited to other countries for breaking foreign laws. Furthermore, according to reports, Richard O'Dwyer started his website as a teenager which means that the United States would be prosecuting an adult from a foreign country for something they started as a teenager. This can not be allowed to happen.
We, the undersigned, vehemently reject the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer from the United Kingdom to the United States on copyright infringement charges.
We feel that using extradition for this type of crime will set a precedent that will allow other countries to extradite citizens to their respective countries for breaking their laws. Citizens of one country should not be held responsible for breaking laws in foreign countries as they should not be held accountable for laws that they can not be expected to reasonably understand having not been exposed to them.
We ask that you respectfully reject the order to extradite, and if extradition goes through that you drop all charges against Richard O'Dwyer.
The Stop the use of extradition for minor crimes petition to United States Department of Justice was written by Jennifer Ayres and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.