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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    TW Burger (profile), 23 Apr 2009 @ 9:59am

    Corruption in the Judicial System?

    Judge Tomas Norström appears to be either completely incompetent or completely corrupt. According to Swedish sources:

    Judge Tomas Norström is a member of the Swedish Association of Copyright (SFU) with Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique who represented copyrights holders in Pirate Bay trial.

    Judge Tomas Norström is a member of the board of the Swedish Association for Industrial Property (SFIR) which pushed for stronger copyrights.

    Judge Tomas Norström is employed by Foundation, SE. Here a colleague is Monique Wadsted who represents the American film companies in the Pirate Bay trial.

    "But I have not felt that I am biased because of those commitments." says Tomas Norström, Judge of the Pirate Bay case.

    I say three strikes and you're out.

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