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Australian File-Sharer Recommended to Surrender

Australian File-Sharer Recommended to Surrender

Added: Friday, January 20th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An Australian file-sharer who faced a similar extradition process to the UK student Richard O'Dwyer recommended him to give up and go to the United States voluntarily to face the entertainment industry.


Hew Griffiths, the Australian, explained that he was watching O'Dwyer’s case with a sense of foreboding. The matter is that exactly the same thing happened to him a few years ago. A British judge has decided that the 23-year-old UK student, who created an online website for sharing not illegal content itself, but only the links to TV programs hosted elsewhere, should be extradited to America to face trial and up to ten years in prison.

Although this is regarded as the first time that the bizarre, favor the rich and corporate US justice system has applied to some developed democratic country, this has apparently been already seen in the colonies. Hew Griffiths was bundled on a plane to the United States four years ago in a pointless show of America’s corporate power which did little to stem Internet piracy.

Griffiths explained that if he had been charged in Australia he would have got a 6-month suspended sentence along with a $1000 fine as maximum penalty. However, the United States gave him a 6-month prison time after 3 years in Sydney’s Silverwater jail trying to fight extradition. Although he didn’t earn money from helping distribute illegal software, under American law the entertainment industry demanded his hide, and the industry’s cronies in the government were quick to throw the book at Griffiths. After facing with a 10-year jail term, Hew Griffiths struck a plea bargain as there was actually no choice.

Indeed, there was no way he could have proved his case in Virginia, because it was like juries there just listened to the case and declared him guilty before the jury door swings shut. Griffiths recommended that O'Dwyer was better off giving up and going there voluntarily. Of course, he won’t win the case, but in case of delay the prosecutors will also throw the book at him. Griffiths believes that if O'Dwyer offers a deal there would be no problem, because the politicians don’t really want to tie up their prisons.

American authorities understand that the prosecutions are pointless, but they still want to be seen to be acting for corporations like Adobe and Microsoft, though there’s still more piracy in the United States than ever.

January 20th,2012

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Date:  Friday, January 20th, 2012

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-01-20 16:28:04)
DEMONLORD avatargive them the finger and tell them to f off

posted by (2012-01-20 17:54:54)
giblet avatarDitto @1

posted by (2012-01-20 20:41:58)
dikhed avatarYesterday the coppers here (new zealand)done a bust of the founders of megadownload seized 6m$ cash 2m$ in cars their mansion will be next and they will get sent to america. SHAME ON YOU NZ POLICE. BENDING OVER FOR THE FBI.

posted by (2012-01-21 06:30:19)
chasnjas avatarAny government that gives up their own citizens for something as lame as piracy should be shot,run over with a cement truck and then shot again to make sure.

posted by (2012-01-21 11:34:10)
No avatartypical every one bends over for the yanks and let them shaft them. why doesnt the world stand up to the usa and tell them enough is enough or really piss them off and align themselves with china what will they do teh invade china under the lies of wmd as they did in iraq been there over 10 years never found any mmmmm sadam hid very well dumb yanks

posted by (2012-01-21 13:47:52)
No avatar@tonyq95 China DOES have "weapons of mass destruction", they've had nukes since the late 60's or early 70's, the main thing about nukes is that as soon as you get them the americans piss off and leave you alone. I'm not justifying it, I hate americans as much as the next reasonably intelligent person.

The americans now have a kangaroo court sysytem, if you offend the gov't or entertainment industry to the point you wind up in court your sentence is determined long before you get to trial. They also give you longer sentences for victimless crimes than you get for violent ones, but its to their advantage, prisoners are slave labor for the military industrial complex, and god knows the americans would be nothing without slavery

posted by Blocked (2012-01-21 16:17:48)
dsl_bandit avatarThe U.S. is getting out of control to the extreme. And they wonder why they are the target of every terrorist out there. That country deserves all the heartache they get. Look at Australia, once a prison colony full of degenerates, turned themselves into a beautiful and respectful people. U.S. started with Christian colonists and look how that turned out.

posted by (2012-01-22 04:03:06)
No avatarIts a shame American's aren't even in control of their own government any longer. Not a single competent or trustworthy politician in congress just asses looking for the biggest payout and 90% percent of American's could care less.

posted by (2012-01-23 08:47:24)
No avatarTo all you Dbags saying how much you hate Americans: don't generalize us all into scheming politicians. And we don't all live in a trailer, drink beer, and eat at McDonalds just like not everyone from Australia has a pet kangaroo and rides it to work. Some of us hate our politicians/government just as much as you do but there's only so much we can do. Think before you post.

posted by (2012-01-24 02:07:10)
geonson avatar^ oh no!!!!!! All Australians have pet kangaroos and THEY DO RIDE THEM TO WORK!!

posted by (2012-01-24 07:55:34)
No avatarWe need to have a mpaa/riaa black out weel. the world should not buy music or go to the movies or rent dvds for a week. And do this every month. I wonder if they would feel the hurt.

posted by (2012-01-24 08:12:18)
187dick avatar@ tonyq95; You would think after saving your a*s from WWI & WWII you would give us "yanks" a little respect and even allow us to help out with foreign affairs in everyone's interest. After all it is better to stop a war before it starts yeah? A lesson your country never learned apparently.

@ marqueemark; We have a great court system. The problem is the very wealthy (Media & Millionaires & ...) are taking control over our government. We need to vote these money whores out all ready! As for slavery, that's just dumb. Africa was the first and is the current slavery capital of the world.

@ dsl_bandit; That's pretty sick how you can think the murder of thousands of innocent U.S. citizens is okay because our government is "out of control."

@ Lun4401; There are not many decent US congressmen but there will always be some. Hopefully we have seen the end of all this U.S. vs. The World madness. There are many stupid people still here and willing to vote even stupider people into office I'm afraid. I am the 10% and will do what I can to wake up the rest...

@ absolute_100; Hi

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