A SHEFFIELD student’s fight against extradition to America over copyright infringement accusations has seen US President Barack Obama quizzed on the topic.
Richard O’Dwyer, 23, could be sent for trial in the USA over a website he created that had links to TV shows and movies.
His case topped of a list of subjects American voters put to their president during an online question-and-answer session.
Mr Obama told yesterday’s discussion that he was not personally involved but insisted the administration wanted to ensure that intellectual property was protected “in a way that’s consistent with internet freedom”.
Richard, a Sheffield Hallam University student, of Shoreham Street, could face 10 years in jail if convicted.
His mum Julia O’Dwyer, of Bolsover, said: “It was good that Obama answered the question and that it was the most voted for by the American public.
“The answer was probably a typical politician’s response, it’s a bit worrying that he doesn’t know what is going on in his name. Hopefully this will raise the case profile.”
Richard’s lawyers are waiting to appeal last month’s court decision that he can be extradited. His lawyers say he would be the first British citizen to be extradited for such an offence and would effectively become a “guinea pig” for copyright law in the US.
He allegedly earned thousands of pounds in advertising before the TV Shack website closed.