Hew Raymond Griffiths

Hew Raymond Griffiths

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name = Hew Raymond Griffiths

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birth_date = November 8, 1962
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known_for = DrinkOrDie
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Hew Raymond Griffiths (born 8th November 1962 in the UK) has been accused by the United States of being a ring leader of DrinkOrDie or DOD, an underground software piracy network. Griffiths was living in Berkeley Vale in the Central Coast Region of NSW, Australia before he was placed on remand at Silverwater Detention Centre. After fighting extradition for almost 3 years, Griffiths was finally extradited from Australia to the United States and on February 20, 2007, he appeared before Magistrate Judge Barry R. Portez of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. On April 20, it was announced by the U.S. Department of Justice that Griffiths had entered a plea of guilty.

His case is of interest in that he is an Australian resident who has been indicted by a court in Virginia for copyright infringement and conspiracy to infringe copyright under the US Code. Hew Raymond Griffiths, born in the United Kingdom, had never at any point physically left Australia since arriving in his adopted country at an early age. This is an unusual situation as the US extradition has not targeted a fugitive or a dangerous person who financially profited from his activities. However, the Australian courts and executive government have agreed to treat Griffiths' activities as having taken place in US jurisdiction. The case therefore highlights the serious consequences for Australian internet users who are charged with pirating US copyright-protected material.

Griffiths' extradition was very controversial in Australia. The matter of U.S.A. v Griffiths has been cited as an example of how bilateral arrangements can lead to undesirable effects such as a loss of sovereignty and the introduction of draconian measures. On the other hand, increased enforcement internationally through heavy criminal sanctions is seen as an effective way of protecting legitimate distribution networks.

A common association made in discussion on the Griffiths case is that the extradition had something to do with the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement. Griffiths' indictment was issued before AUSFTA-induced amendments were enacted to harmonise the Australian Copyright Act with US law, and the AUSFTA did not do anything to increase the likelihood of extradition. The case is further complicated by the fact that a conspiracy was alleged, most of the overt acts of which, and most of the members of which, were based in the United States, giving rise to an argument that the US was the most suitable place for prosecution. Nevertheless, it may be that the close relationship between Australia and the United States, exemplified in the AUSFTA and other bilateral activities, made extradition more likely.

On June 22, 2007 Hew Griffiths was sentenced to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. It is noted he will only serve an estimated 15 months as the courts are granting him time served for the three years in Australian custody. Griffiths' sentencing on June 22, 2007, attracted significant attention in Australia, and some attention in the United States and other countries which have recently signed, or are currently negotiating, bilateral Free Trade Agreements with the USA.

Hew Raymond Griffiths finally returned to Australia on 2 March 2008 after having spent six weeks as an illegal alien in the US immigration detention system following his release from prison on 26 January 2008 (Australia Day). A condition of his repatriation to Australia was that he never again re-enter the United States of America, a country he parenthetically had never visited before being extradited to it.

ee also

*Copyright infringement
*Operation Buccaneer


* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/aussie-software-pirate-extradited/2007/05/06/1178390182639.html Aussie software pirate extradited] , Sydney Morning Herald, May 7, 2007
* [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=55&objectid=3589541 Software pirates not safe at home] , The New Zealand Herald, September 7, 2004.
* [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/07/1089000229684.html Accused web pirate back behind bars] , Sydney Morning Herald, July 8, 2004.
* [http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/49107 The unsolicited views of Internet Users] , broadbandreports.com blog, July 17, 2004.
* [http://www.cybercrime.gov/griffithsIndict.htm Illegal Internet Network reproduced and distributed pirated software, films and music worth $50 million – US DOJ] March 12, 2003.
* [http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue11_3/rimmer/index.html Robbery under arms: Copyright law and the Australia–US Free Trade Agreement] by Matthew Rimmer, First Monday, March 2006.
* [http://evatt.labor.net.au/publications/papers/140.html How To Kill A Country: Australia's Devastating Trade Deal With the United States] paper by Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon & John Mathews, Evatt Foundation, April 2, 2005.
* [http://www.computing.co.uk/vnunet/news/2156665/software-piracy-costing-34bn Global Software Piracy costing $54 Billion in 2005 – Computing.co.uk] May 23, 2006.
* [http://scaletext.law.gov.au/html/pasteact/0/244/top.htm Australian Copyright Act 1968]
* [http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ Copyright Law of the United States of America contained in Title 17 of the US Code] .
* [http://ustr.gov/assets/Trade_Agreements/Bilateral/Australia_FTA/Final_Text/asset_upload_file469_5141.pdf IP Chapter of AUSFTA 2004] .
* [http://www.bsaa.com.au/bsaaweb/main/index.php?ch_table=link4&PID=5&SID=urvmPoFOQFMDosjv&loc=1 Australian Copyright Act 1968 amended by AUSFTA] January 1, 2005.
* [http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197007753 'Bandido' Software Pirate Arraigned In U.S. On 2 Charges] , Information Week, February 21, 2007.
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/another-one-sacrificed-in-the-name-of-alliance/2007/02/15/1171405371677.html Another One Sacrificed in the Name of an Alliance] , Opinion Article by Richard Ackland, Sydney Morning Herald, February 16, 2007.
* [http://www.cybercrime.gov/griffithsExtradition.htm Arraignment – DOJ Press Release] February 20, 2007.
* [http://www.cybercrime.gov/griffithsPlea2.pdf Guilty Plea – DOJ Press Release] February 20, 2007.
* [http://torrentfreak.com/extradited-warez-leader-pleads-guilty-faces-10-years-in-prison/ BitTorrent issues weblog] April 21, 2007.
* [http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2007/04/copyright-extradition.html IPKAT intellectual property law issues weblog] April 23, 2007.
* [http://illusive-mind.com/politics/hew-griffiths/ Australian alliance issues weblog] May 8, 2007.
* [http://www.sys-con.com/read/393715.htm Extradited Software Piracy Ringleader Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison] June 22, 2007
* [http://larvatusprodeo.net/2007/02/18/the-case-of-hew-griffiths-and-the-reach-of-us-jurisdiction Discussion on Australian Larvatus Prodeo blog of extradition] 18 February 2007

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