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Extradition of Richard O’Dwyer, Founder of TVShack, Appealed

Sheffield student, Richard O'Dwyer, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on January 13, 2012, to receive judgment on an extradition request by the US authorities to stand trial on charges of copyright infringement and conspiracy to infringe a copyright.  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

The legal case against Richard O'Dwyer, the 23-year-old student who founded TVShack.net, got even more complicated tonight when lawyers appealed his extradition from the U.K. to the U.S. O'Dwyer's extradition was approved on March 13 by U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May. O'Dwyer's lawyers had until Monday to appeal.

The TVShack domain was seized in June 2010 after U.S. Immigration and Customs brought a copyright infringement case against O'Dwyer, claiming that the TV and movie site earned $230,000 in ad revenue. If O'Dwyer is extradited and found guilty in the U.S., he could face up to five years in prison. His mother, Julia O'Dwyer, has said she believes her son was "sold down the river" by the government.

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Photo: CARL COURT/2012 AFP