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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TVShack 'earned more than £147,000'

  • Richard O'Dwyer could have faced jail if convicted of the allegations.
  • The allegations were brought following a crackdown by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
  • The agency claimed the TVShack.net website earned more than $230,000 (£147,000) in advertising revenue.
  • US authorities obtained a warrant and seized the domain name in June 2010.
  • It is thought Mr O'Dwyer will return to the UK with his family today.

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