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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  1. identicon
    Luís Carvalho, 23 Apr 2009 @ 10:33am

    This makes me wonder...

    Yesterday, the EU Counsel approved a directive that among other things state that ISP's can only cut the access to copyright infringers after being found guilty in the judicial system.

    But, now, I wonder...

    With judges like this, can actualy the judicial system be trusted to make such a decision?

    If not, then WHO?

    If there's one judge, how many more are there? Can we truly, ever be tried fairly, when Big Cartels are behind the scene pushing for our demise, with or without proof?

    Is it even possible to put any case of this kind on trial, without BIAS, after all the dotrinaction that has been going on FOR YEARS now?

    I do wonder now...

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