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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    Quentin Hartman (profile), 23 Apr 2009 @ 9:10am

    Doomed

    This is a perfect example of "creating an image of impropriety". Even if it's true that he sidelined his bias and made an honest and even handed judgment, the whole thing has the appearance of a back room deal. So at this point, at least one of these things is true:

    -This judge is moron, and should no longer be a judge.
    -This judge is corrupt, and should no longer be a judge.

    Personally, I'd say both of them are true.

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