U.S. Seeks Criminal Charges for Site Linking to Illegal Content

A Web site started by an enterprising 24-year-old college student from northern England that helped visitors find American movies and television shows online has created a fierce battle between two of America’s great exports: Hollywood and the Internet. Although the site did not serve up pirated content, American authorities say it provided links to sites that did. The Obama administration is seeking to extradite Richard O’Dwyer from Britain on criminal charges of copyright infringement. The possible punishment: 10 years in a United States prison.