US will prosecute Brits who pirate US-based media

The US’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is shutting down websites based abroad that break US copyrights and and prosecuting their owners. Even if the server is not based in the US, so long as the website’s address ends in .com or .net, it can be closed down or targeted for prosecution because their connections run through Verisign, a company based in Virginia. British student, Richard O’Dwyer, ran the website TVShack, which gave links to other sites that offered pirated downloads. He now faces extradition to and prosecution in the US.