Four-year sentence handed to Surfchannel.com creator won't affect Richard O'Dwyer's appeal against extradition to the US says Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales doesn't believe the four-year jail term handed to Anton Vickerman will affect the extradition appeal of Richard O'Dwyer.
The Wikipedia founder has been vocal in his opposition to O'Dwyer's extradition, saying that citizens need to stand up for their rights online.
The US Justice Department is seeking to extradite O'Dwyer from the UK for alleged copyright infringement on his website TVShack.net.
There has been speculation that the jail term handed to Anton Vickerman, who ran a similar website called Surfthechannel.com, could affect O'Dwyer's appeal against extradition.
"There is no connection between the two. The extradition court does not look at the merit of the charges," he said. "I don't see how this has any negative impact at all for O'Dwyer. It shows the copyright charge would not stick."
Wales said that as Vickerman was charged with conspiracy to defraud there was no link between the two cases.
"Note that in this the Vickerman case, the verdict was not about copyright violation but fraud. Different matter."
Almost 250,000 people have signed a petition against O'Dwyer's extradition to the US.
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