DOJ Applying US Law to UK Citizens; Seeks Extradition

by Christopher Paul on June 17, 2011

The DOJ is looking to extradite a UK student on copyright violations. What he’s accused of doing is legal in the UK but, I guess, not in the US.

This is a dangerous act of legal tourism and if we’re not careful, we’ll be on the receiving end of similar treatment if the DOJ doesn’t stop. Mike Masnick from TechDirt sums it up:

“Basically, the US appears to be claiming that if you do anything on the internet, you’re subject to US laws. That’s crazy and is going to come back to haunt US law enforcement. Do they not realize that this is the same thing that other countries have tried to do to US citizens? The US even passed a law, the SPEECH Act, to make it clear that US citizens were not subject to the liability of other national laws, just because such things happen on the internet. To then turn around and pretend the opposite is true for everyone else is just massive hypocrisy.”

This is the same DOJ who questionably seized domains using copyright as an excuse without due process. The kid’s lawyer is fighting extradition but it doesn’t appear as if he’s going to win. That means, any UK citizen can be taken from their country for violating a law in the US.

Think about that… And wait until someone drags a US citizen out of the country for breaking foreign law – even if it’s legal here.

Why Is The Justice Department Pretending US Copyright Laws Apply In The UK? – TechDirt

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