Thursday, 15 December 2011


The facts of the case 

Richard created a website called The site held links only which its users could select, on selection they would be taken elsewhere on the internet where they could access films, tv shows,new and documentaries. No films etc were held/stored on his website nor could they be downloaded from  his website. Richard did not make copies of  films, sell films or charge  people money to access his website which was available on the internet for anyone who wanted to do so.Two foreign advertising companies approached Richard asking if they could place ads on his site, he agreed and this generated income when the public visited the site, not when they selected the film/show links.

How Linking Works 

When the ICE seized Richards website placing their banner and now their promotional video on it, he was annoyed as he thought he was nothing to do with America or subject to their laws so he placed a Youtube video of a rap song "F**k the Police " on the site for about 1 hour only before taking it down, across the video were the words  F**K the Police.(Censored on his site) Apparently this did not amuse the humourless Americans so they decided to come after him. In the mean time Richard quickly resurrected TVShack with a new domain name 

On November the 29th a  "CyberMonday" in an ICE "Operation in Our Sites" UK Police came to question Richard, they had two Americans with them who were not present during questioning. The Police took away his computer and laptop, these are still in their possession. Richard told them all about his website then the same day closed it down.At no time during questioning by the UK Police was extradition mentioned, Richard assumed when released on bail without charge that they may or may not charge him at a later date.



1 comment:

  1. This is going too far. The governments and the copyright maffia is turning inte the "terrorist" they claim to fight. They have lost perspective. They are caught in their own wheel tracks and apparently unable to break free. It does not however give them the right to go this far. Human lives should aleayd be held in higher value than any digital, physical intellectual and cultural "property". The truth of the matter is, as soon as the creator of any property releases that property, it can no longer br considered property, but instread public domain. Stop copyrighting our lives, stop patenting our thoughts. Soon enough we won't be able to think a single thought without someone wanting a penny for it. This snowball has to be stopped.