Judge In Pirate Bay Case Appears To Have Ties To The Copyright Lobby

from the ooops dept

Via Martin Thornkvist, we find out that Swedish Public radio has discovered that the judge in The Pirate Bay case apparently has some ties to the copyright lobby (that's a Google translation -- if you know Swedish, the original is here). Apparently, he's a member of a few organizations that work towards strengthening copyright laws, and even holds a board position in one of those organizations. The lawyers representing the entertainment industry also belonged to one of the pro-copyright organizations in which the judge is a member. Experts quoted in the article note that this is highly irregular, and the judge should have recused himself for conflict of interest. The judge, of course, claims that he doesn't believe he was biased at all, but others note that any hint of bias is a problem in such a legal case (let alone such a high profile one).

Filed Under: conflict of interest, copyright, copyright lobby, judge, sweden, trial
Companies: the pirate bay

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    Luís Carvalho, 23 Apr 2009 @ 7:20am

    In this trial were appointed three layman jurors, and one of them was dismissed by the judge due to "conflict of interest".

    But, the judge didn't consider himself biased, although he fell in the exact same category.

    Read this please

    The legal measures to apply in this case, are still being determined.

    Has far as public opinion goes, in Sweden and the rest of the news reading world, this trial has been tainted and all proceedings should be reiniciated.

    There's some fear of the dangers in the delaying all this will cause, because that will give more time to the consortiums to lobby and force approval of even stricter laws. It is under consideration if it wouldn't be better to leave this trial, biased and unjust, to stand, and annull it later on higher instances, instead.

    I can't stop smiling about this, since I read the news this morning, that's all I know.

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