This isn’t a music story, but it’s directly relevant as the industry continues to mull its anti-piracy strategies. British student Richard O’Dwyer is to be extradited to the US to face charges relating to his TV Shack website, which offered links to illegal TV shows and films, although it didn’t host them itself. The US and UK authorities seized its .net domain name back in June 2010, but according to PaidContent, the website was reestablished with a .cc domain. The US authorities have accused O’Dwyer of selling $230k of advertising on the site, and so demanded his extradition to face charges. “There are said to be direct consequences of criminal activity by Richard O’Dwyer in the USA albeit by him never leaving the north of England,” ruled District Judge Purdy. “Such a state of affairs does not demand a trial here if the competent UK authorities decline to act and does, in my judgment, permit one in the USA. I reject all challenges advanced to this request. No bars or other challenge being raised or found, I send the case to the Secretary of State.”

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