This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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All Richard O'Dwyer did was start a website that linked to external sources where people could watch U.S. TV and movies online. He didn't even get rich doing it.

Now the 24-year-old U.K. student is being targeted for extradition by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has decided to make O'Dwyer its prime target in its battle against digital copyright infringement.

O'Dwyer has been charged with criminal infringement of copyright, and conspiracy to commit criminal infringement of copyright. Each carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

How is this possible, when O'Dwyer's site merely functioned as the middle man? The Guardian explains:

To sell a counterfeit CD or DVD of a copyrighted work is an offense, as is deliberately uploading such a work to the Internet. American customs officials, after campaigning from industry bodies, contended that linking to such items on other sites (as search engines and others automatically do) would also be covered by such laws. This is a contentious interpretation of the law, even in the U.S., where linking has in some court cases been regarded as protected speech under the first amendment. Part of the reason for the huge backlash against proposed copyright laws, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect [Intellectual Property] Act, was that this provision would come under attack.

It's been two years since ICE agents first knocked on O'Dwyer's door in the U.K. and hauled him in for questioning.

Since he was released on bail, U.S. officials have taken over O'Dwyer's domain, tvshack.net, and replaced it with a large warning against copyright infringement; seized his computer and paperwork relating to the site; and frozen the site's PayPal and email accounts.

O'Dwyer's mom is campaigning online to keep her son from being made a scapegoat, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has started an online petition to raise awareness. But so far, they've had little luck.

Adding insult to injury, officially challenging the details of the case can only be done in U.S. courts -- not in the U.K.

As he waits for his case to progress, O'Dwyer is perplexed at how his life has turned into one big, bad dream.

"There's literally no reason I can think of why it has to be heard in America… at no point was the site ever in America," O'Dwyer says. "I think they're trying to use my website as a sort of guinea pig to try to scare everyone else making linking websites."

(A complete timeline of the case, in reverse chronology, can be found here.)

[guardian]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: Online donations to send Karen Huff Klein on "the vacation of a lifetime" have nearly reached $40,000. Click here to contribute.(Also -- looks legit. The kid who started the fundraiser says he is working on transferring control of the donations to Klein.)

Read this and weep -- Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor for the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY, recently was harassed to tears by a group of teens, who captured their abuse on video and gleefully shared it on Facebook.

Their bullying is tough to stomach, but here are a few choice excerpts:

  • "You f**kin' fat-ass, look at all this flab right here."
  • "What size bra are you? Triple sag?"
  • "She's gonna pick out which kid she's gonna rape next."
  • "You touched her arm flab. It's all stinky and smelly."
  • "She probably eats deodorant because she can't afford real food."

No one deserves to be driven to tears by juvenile delinquents with big mouths and no shame. Help send these kids to prison here (though this link contains some offensive content, itself).

(Not Safe For Work -- teenage a**holes.)

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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Teaching can be quite the thankless job, especially when faced with a 6-year-old bully day in and day out.

But one San Antonio, TX, kindergarten teacher turned her revenge fantasy into reality in May, when she had her class of 24 line up and take turns hitting the class bully, raining repeated blows to Aidan Neely's head, face, and back.

"The teacher told him not to tell us," Aidan's mom said.

When news of the creative discipline finally reached the principal -- and school parents -- last week, the teacher was fired. Now Aidan's mom is on a mission to make sure she's never again allowed in a classroom.

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron's speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak.

From the banned speech:

Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences. ... My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it's inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what's the point in trying to hide it? In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. Same-gender marriage is becoming more popular. I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.

[thinkprogress]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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An elected member of the Imperial Irrigation District of California's Imperial Valley is under investigation after he was caught on camera striking his stepson with a belt during a game of backyard catch.

Anthony Sanchez has not been charged with anything and reportedly is cooperating with authorities.

"What's happening in the context of the video itself is certainly disturbing," said Ryan Childers, Sanchez's attorney. "We recognize that. But we need to let the Sheriff's Office have time to fully investigate the incident so all the facts can come to light."

The neighbor, Oscar Lopez, initially didn't start taping because he believes in a father's right to discipline his kid. But when "it got out of line," he hit record.

This is not just some drunk down the street. This is a guy in leadership here. He is supposed to be representing the people of District 5... I'm happy that he's been identified, and maybe they don't prosecute him. Maybe he's not found guilty, but at least it got out and somebody knows.

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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In the only appropriate response to last week's incident in Miami where one man was caught eating another man's face, notorious YouTube assclown Vitaly Zdorovetskiy dressed up as a zombie and terrorized the city's residents.

Thankfully, he went to the trouble of adding a disclaimer to his video: "Very Dangerous Prank! Almost Got Shot at 2:00! DO NOT TRY IT!"

In related news, Ronald Poppo, the homeless man who had his face eaten off, remains in critical condition.

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Earlier this month, a North Carolina pastor suggested rounding up gays and lesbians and starving them to death.

Just yesterday, an audio file of a Kansas pastor saying the government should kill gays made the rounds.

Now, we are confronted with perhaps the most egregious homophobic offense in recent weeks -- a youngster at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, belted out "Ain't No Homos Gonna Make It To Heaven," and the congregation rewarded him with a standing ovation.

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