Pirate site student pays US £20k

A student who ran a website where users could stream pirated films has paid £20,000 to US authorities to avoid jail. Richard O'Dwyer travelled to the US voluntarily after spending two years challenging whether he should be extradited to face charges.

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O'Dwyer: 'I'm looking forward to getting back to university'

Richard O'Dwyer said he never thought he was committing a crime. Credit: PA

Student Richard O'Dwyer said he is looking forward to returning to normality after striking a deal with US authorities over his TVShack website.

"I'm happy it's finally over," he told the BBC. "I still maintain I never thought I was committing a crime.

"I'm glad the US has decided to drop the case. It's a pity the UK wasn't able to resolve this."

He added: "I'm looking forward to getting back to university and see all my friends."

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