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Save Richard O’Dwyer

The UK convicted 24-year-old student Richard O’Dwyer of conspiracy to defraud for posting links to TV and video content on his site. Now the US is trying to get him extradited for violation of copyright law on a much smaller offense.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales started a petition on to stop the extradition.

O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.

On the few occasions he received requests to remove content from copyright holders, he complied. His site hosted links, not copyrighted content, and these were submitted by users.

Richard O’Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public. Earlier this year, in the fight against the anti-copyright bills SOPA and PIPA, the public won its first big victory. This could be our second.

- Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder

Read more and SIGN THE PETITION on


Argentine Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion for rape cases

Under Argentine law, abortion is only allowed in cases where the mother’s life or health are at risk, or if the woman is deemed “of feeble mind”.

The Supreme Court confirmed a lower court’s decision to allow a 15-year-old rape victim to terminate her pregnancy.

An estimated 500,000 illegal abortions are carried out in Argentina each year.”



Insane sex laws inspired by Republicans

As Republican lawmakers have pushed ever more intrusive and expansive uterus-related legislation, some of their colleagues across the aisle have fired back with intentionally and equally ridiculous counterproposals. From mandatory rectal exams for guys seeking Viagra to prohibitions on sperm-stifling vasectomies, most of these male-only provisions have, unsurprisingly, flopped. But they’ve scored big as symbolic gestures, spotlighting the inherent sexism of laws that regulate only lady parts.”

One example:

Virginia: As the state Senate debated requiring transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Sen. Janet Howell proposed mandating rectal exams and cardiac stress tests for men seeking erectile dysfunction meds. Her amendment failed by just two votes.

(Source: Mother Jones)