TV Shack founder loses round in extradition battle

A UK student has lost a round in a battle to avoid extradition to the US to face copyright infringement charges.Richard O'Dwyer lost his extradition case at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, according to the BBC.

A UK student has lost a round in a battle to avoid extradition to the US to face copyright infringement charges.

Richard O'Dwyer lost his extradition case at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, according to the BBC. He now has 14 days to appeal the decision, which could go to the High Court.

O'Dwyer faces up to five years in jail if extradited to the US on copyright infringement charges, according to the BBC. O'Dwyer, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, set up the TV Shack website, which prosecutors claim offered links to copyrighted content in contravention of US law.

The extradition treaty between the UK and the US, originally agreed as a counter-terrorism measure, has been criticised by campaigners and civil rights organisations as being biased in favour of the US.

Extradition cases such as that of Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon, which has aroused debate over the UK/US extradition treaty, are ongoing.