Richard O’Dwyer: Upholding Copyright or Maintaining Civil Liberties

“Hello Cyan.”

Copyright is an important institution, serving a beneficial moral and economic purpose. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited. It does not mean that we should abandon time-honoured moral and legal principles to allow endless encroachments on our civil liberties in the interests of the moguls of Hollywood.

– Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder

When not undressing me with his eyes, Jimmy Wales promotes Wikipedia and its causes.  You might have heard of this website  This week one of the causes front and center is 22-year old Richard O’Dwyer, a Sheffield resident who is being extradited to the U.S. for the crime of posting a link to a website.  Yeah, it’s getting that bad.  Tread lightly, people.  We’re in dangerous territory in which a multi-billion dollar industry is going to throw its weight around with the help of both the U.S. and U.K. to make an example out of a kid who hasn’t finished college.

A video interview with O’Dwyer can be seen here because WordPress is picky about its embedding.

Check out the links previous and if you choose civil liberties over copyright, sign this change.org petition and maybe we can get some traction before you yourself wake up one day with a subpoena from Walt Disney Company to see your online activities.  You know what I’m talking about.

“You disgust me. Now get over here and kiss me.”

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2 thoughts on “Richard O’Dwyer: Upholding Copyright or Maintaining Civil Liberties

  1. So awful. I understand the importance of copyright and protecting the creation of others. But this case in particular is ridiculous! I signed the petition, this is crazy!

    • Copyright is hugely important. It’s the only way you can make a buck if you’re a content creator with a hot product, but like Jimmy Wales’s quote up top says: “…It does not mean that we should abandon time-honoured moral and legal principles to allow endless encroachments on our civil liberties in the interests of the moguls of Hollywood.” Thanks for taking a stand and I admire and respect you all the more for it!

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