More than 160,000 people have signed a petition launched by the founder of internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia to block the extradition of a Sheffield student to the US on copyright charges.
Jimmy Wales, 45, came out in support of Richard O'Dwyer, 24, who faces up to 10years in prison if convicted of charges relating to his website, TVShack.net.
Some 164,000 people have signed the online petition in just five days.
O'Dwyer's supporters argue that as the site, which linked to other sites that streamed pirated television programmes, did not host material itself he should not face any charges and should therefore not be extradited.
The founder of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has launched a petition to prevent a north Derbyshire student being extradited to America. Richard O'Dwyer from Bolsover could face ten years in prison for breaching US copyright laws after setting up his TV Shack website.
Martin Fisher reports.