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U S v O'Dwyer (SDNY) - #5 Affidavit of AUSA Reh ISO Request for Extradition

U S v O'Dwyer (SDNY) - #5 Affidavit of AUSA Reh ISO Request for Extradition

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Defendant.
AFFIDAVITINSUPPORTOFREQUESTFOREXTRADITIONOFRICHARD
J.
O'DWYER
v.
RICHARD
J.
O'DWYER,I,JohnM.Reh,beingdulysworn,statethat:I.IamacitizenoftheUnitedStatesofAmericaandaresidentoftheStateofNewYork.2.Igraduatedfrom
st.
John'sUniversitySchoolofLawin2001.From
January
2002toMarch2006,IservedintheUnitedStatesMarineCorpsasaJudgeAdvocateworkingatdifferenttimesasaprosecutorandcriminaldefenseattorney.SinceAugustof2010,IhaveworkedfortheUnitedStatesDepartmentofJusticeasaSpecialAssistantUnitedStatesAttorneyintheUnitedStatesAttorney'sOfficefortheSouthernDistrictofNewYork.MydutiesaretoprosecutepersonschargedwithcriminalviolationsofthelawsoftheUnitedStates.DuringmypracticeasaJudgeAdvocateandSpecialAssistantUnitedStatesAttorney,IhavebecomeknowledgeableaboutthecriminallawsandproceduresoftheUnitedStates.3.Inthecourseofmyduties,IhavebecomefamiliarwiththechargesandevidenceinthecaseofUnitedStatesv.RichardJ.O'Dwyer,CriminalCaseNo.10Mag.2471,whichiscurrentlyassignedtotheHonorableJames
L.
Cott,UnitedStatesMagistrateJudge.4.ThisprosecutionaroseoutofaninvestigationconductedbytheUnitedStatesDepartmentofHomelandSecurity,ImmigrationandCustomsEnforcement,HomelandSecurityInvestigations("HSI").Theinvestigationrevealedthatthedefendant,Richard1.O'Dwyer("O'Dwyer"),alsoknownas"Duffman,"andothersknownandunknown,knowinglyconspiredtooperatewebsitesthatoffertothepublicthroughouttheworld,includingtheUnitedStates,freeofchargeandwithoutauthorizationfromcopyrightholders,linkstothird-partywebsitesthat
 
hostedthousandsofcopyrightedmoviesandtelevisionprograms.O'Dwyer'swebsitesalsohostedonlineadvertisements.SUMMARYOFTHEFACTSOFTHECASE5.Manywebsitesinvolvedintheillegaldistributionofcopyright-protectedcontentovertheInternetmaybedividedintotwoclasses:"linking"websitesand"cyberlocker"websites."Linking"websitesgenerallycollectandcataloglinkstofilesonthirdpattywebsitesthatcontainillegalcopiesofcopyrightedcontent,includingmovies,televisionprograms,andmusic,Linkingwebsitesorganizetheselinksbymovietitleorgenre,amongotherways,tomakethemeasilyaccessible.Userssimplyclickonalinktobegintheprocessofdownloadingorstreamingtotheirowncomputeranillegalcopyofamovie,televisionprogram,ormusicfilefromthethirdpartywebsite.Thethirdpartywebsitesonwhichtheillegalcopiesofmoviesandtelevisionprogramsarestoredforlaterdownloadingorstreamingaresometimesreferredtoas"cyberlocker"websites.Cyberlockerwebsitesenableuserstouploadinfringingcontentandoftenfeaturehigh-capacitydataconnectionsthatallowuserstodownloadorstreamthatcontentrelativelyquickly,6.BeginninginoraboutDecember2007,O'Dwyer,acitizenoftheUnitedKingdomwhoresidesintheUnitedKingdom,ownedandoperatedalinkingwebsitethatofferedtothepublicfreedownloadingand/orstreamingofthousandsofcopyrightedmoviesandtelevisionprograms,withoutauthorizationfromthecopyrightholders,TheoriginalwebsitewasnamedTVShack.net.TheTVShack.netwebsitewashostedonacomputerassignedtheInternetProtocol("IP")address84.22.98.3,whichwaslocatedatanInternetServiceProvider('lISP")intheNetherlands.TVShack.netcontainedlinksto
third-party
websitesthathostedthousandsofmoviesandtelevisionprogramsfromwhichcopyrightedfirst-runandothermoviesandtelevisionprogramscouldbedownloadedorstreamed.Forexample,onJune15,20I0,atapproximately1:37p.m.,TVShack.net'shomepagelistedsevenmoviesasthe"MostPopularMoviesToday,"allofwhichwereavailablefordownloadingorstreamingthroughTVShack.net.Eachofthemhadbeenviewedthousandsortensofthousandsoftimesbyindividualsthroughouttheworld,includingtheUnitedStates.Asofthatdate,allsevenmovieswereplayinginthe2
 
theaters,allwerecopyrighted,andthecopyrightholdershadnotauthorizedthemoviesforthirdpartydistributionovertheInternetbyTVShack.netoranyotherwebsite.7.WhenauserclickedonamovieortelevisionshowtitleontheTVShack.netwebsite,theuserwasdirectedtoacyberlockerfromwhichthemovieortelevisionprogramcouldbedownloadedorstreamed.OftentheTVShack.netwebsiteprovidedlinkstomorethanonecyberlockertoincreasethechancesthatausercouldreliablydownloadorstreamthecontentthattheyhaveselected,Ina"SiteNewsandAnnouncements"sectionoftheTVShack.netwebsite,postingsdatedApril19,2010,May4,2010,andMay7,2010,armouncedthatTv'Shack.netsupportedlinksfrompopularcyberlockerwebsites,includingDivxDen.com,NovaMov.com,andVideoWeed.corn.8.TVShack.netalsoencourageditsuserstoaddlinkstoinfringingcontent.Astep-by-stepguidecalled"HowtoAddaLinktoTVShack"wasincludedinaportionofthesitecalled"SiteHelpRules."Theguideinstructedusersthat"onlyfullmoviesandfullTVepisodesareaccepted."Thewebsitedidnotaccepttrailersorpromotionalmaterial.9,Further,the"FAQ"or"FrequentlyAskedQuestions"portionoftheTVShack.netwebsitecontainedanadmonishmenttouserswhocomplainedaboutdelaysdownloadingorstreamingcontentfromapopularcyberlockerwebsitelinkedtoTVShack.net.Specifically,TVShack.netremindeditsusersabouttheamountofmoneythattheyweresavingbyviewingthemoviesandtelevisonprogramsviatheTVShack.netwebsite.Inparticular,TVShack.netremindeditsusers:"you'resavingquitealotofmoney(especiallywhenputtingseveralvisitstothetheaterorseasonstogether)byhavingtowaitalittlebitoftime"toaccessinfringingcontentthroughthewebsite.10.Twoco-conspiratorsintheUnitedStatesassisted
0
'DwyerinoperatingtheTVShack.netwebsiteinvariousways,includingtechnicalsupportandmaintenanceofwebsitecontentOneofthemwascompensatedtoprovidetechnicalsupportforthewebsite,knowingthatitofferedfirst-runmoviesandattimesapprovinglinkstocyberlockerwebsites.Theotherco-conspiratorservedasoneofthemoderatorsforthewebsite,alsoknowingthatitofferedfirst-3

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