Australian Pirate to be Extradited to US

October 2004

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A ground-breaking ruling against an Australian man accused of pirating, games and music worth over $50 million means that Hew Raymond Griffiths will be tried in a U.S. court after the U.S. won the battle to extradite him. At first instance an Australian magistrate denied the extradition request but after an appeal the U.S. won the right to try Griffiths. Griffiths is accused of being the ring leader of an Internet release group called DrinkOrDie. Eleven members of DrinkOrDie have already been convicted in the United States but Griffith’s infringements all took place on his home computer in Australia. If the extradition and trial go ahead; he is facing up to 10 years in an American prison and a possible fine of $500,000.

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