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Jimmy Wales Calls UK Government To Halt O'Dwyer Extradition 94

judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has called on the UK government to stop the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer was accused of infringing copyright with his site TVShack, but charges were dismissed in the UK. Wales has set up a petition and calls this the start of a new 'Internet war' following the successful opposition to SOPA earlier this year."
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Jimmy Wales Calls UK Government To Halt O'Dwyer Extradition

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  • by crazyjj ( 2598719 ) * on Monday June 25, 2012 @11:03AM (#40438907)

    Silly Jimmy. Don't you know that U.S. law *is* international law?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 25, 2012 @11:10AM (#40438993)

    Said politics can directly affect their website if it happens.

    It turns links in to lethal weapons that can destroy anyone.

  • by beltsbear ( 2489652 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @11:11AM (#40439017)
    It is not Wikipedia getting involved, it is Jimmy Wales. There is no action being done by Wikipedia. I do not think Wikipedia should get involved in this one either but have no problem with Jimmy Wales (even as the head of Wikipedia) doing so, as long ask Wikipedia is not used in the process. The Sopa protest made sense as it effected Wikipedia directly.
  • Extradition? WTF? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CanHasDIY ( 1672858 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @11:24AM (#40439181) Homepage Journal
    So, A UK citizen is cleared of breaking any UK laws, yet he still 'faces extradition' to another country, one he's not a citizen of and has probably never even been to, who claims he broke their laws? How the fuck does that even get considered? If I, an American citizen, set up a website that was perfectly legal in my country but criminal in, say, Swaziland, would the US government honor an extradition request for my ass? I highly doubt it.

    That's the definition of ri-goddamn-diculous.

    Don't take this shit, UK - tell my government (and, by extension, the MAFIAA) to piss up a fucking rope. You are a sovereign nation, act like one.
  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @12:07PM (#40439809) Journal

    Neither is copyright an absolute. It exists for a specific purpose []. Applications of copyright that do not advance that purpose are not permitted by the constitution. Since copyright is now mainly used as an impediment to the progress of science and the useful arts, it should be abolished.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 25, 2012 @02:05PM (#40441455)
    The good people of the UK are getting what they deserve. Blair, despite pushing this odious treaty, was re-elected in 2005. People seemed to have few concerns with Blair dragging the UK blindly in to war, and to the encouragement of sectarian schooling as a means of encouraging an inclusive society. Blair was a fucking nut job who did a rather good job of covering up his muddled yet pervasive religious beliefs until he left office. He also neglected to mention his financial interests in Iraq, and has been making tidy sums ever since fucking around in the Middle East.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato