It seems that nobody is safe when it comes to breaking US Copyright laws and this means UK based website owners too! As there is a move by certain US Government agencies to seek extradition to the US of any website owner who is found to be breaking US copyright laws and makes no difference if there is no connection to the US either. However further investigation appears to bring up that only domains that end with .com and .net can be treated in this manner by the US authorities.
According to Erik Barnett, the assistant deputy director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE);
“By definition, almost all copyright infringement and trademark violation is transnational. There’s very little purely domestic intellectual property theft,”
It looks as if this is clear warning to website owners that these agencies are looking for violations and will pursue the owners of the websites without any remorse.
However, Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group has a different view;
“This seems absurd, if you don’t have some idea that there’s a single jurisdiction in which you can be prosecuted for copyright infringement that means you’re potentially opening an individual to dozens of prosecutions.”
With cases such as the TVShack.net owner Richard O’Dwyer, which we featured the other week, still hanging in the balance it seems that it may not be all that easy for the ICE to extradite UK website owners.