13th January 2012, 14:02
Extradition on grounds of Copyright infringement with regards to linking.
Although this is news, I believe because of its implications it should not be limited to the news section.
A 23-year old UK male is waiting today to see if he will be extradited to the US on copyright infringement, after creating a website called TVshack which allowed users to search and access content across a number of video sharing sites. Essentially providing links to video content and embedding such content in his website. In other words its essentially similar to a google video search but having the video play on the google website like when we play videos from youtube on this site and this is why this affects everyone on the Internet.
Technically what Richard O'Dwyer did was not complicated by any means, in fact he did not copy the video files which would actually be a breach of copyright and even though a person could access videos off his website they still had to be played from a video sharing server like youtube, if the file was deleted on youtube then it would no longer be available on his site. He also utilised existing search services, which was used to look for video content, such services are available through search engines like google. Using such services meant that a person could look for and access any video that was available on a video sharing site. This is why he was arrested because a person could search multiple video hosting sites to watch a movie which had been illegally copied on youtube for example, with the aid of his site.
There have been many people and companies who have utilised these technologies in a similar way for a long time, youtube and google probably have greater ground for breaching copyright than this young man. In fact with a popular video sharing website like Veoh it is possible to view content from other sources like youtube. Yet we do not see that Veoh, now owned by an Israeli-American company being sued. No just some young man at university, who may spend the next 10 years in jail for using technology in the same way that countless other organistions have. It is not about that he is British or that he has being extradited but the fact that he is being made an example of, it is warning that anyone embedding a video on website could be locked up or fined. All the people who posted videos here and those many millions on the net would be considered breaching copyright, simply because they embeded a video.
The following video was used to explain to the judge how the video linking worked
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13th January 2012, 14:20