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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    R. Miles, 23 Apr 2009 @ 5:55am

    Now I wish this case was tried in the U.S.

    Because news like this would upset many who can finally start pointing out the problem with "copyright" and IP protection.

    I see an appeals decision in favor of the 4 found guilty. If the decision isn't reversed due to this news, I truly feel sorry for every person in Sweden who must contend with this "legal" system.

    And for this case to be world wide, I can only hope (appeal win) that lawyers around the world start to re-examine their position on copyright when it comes to the entertainment industry's pursuit of it, especially when going after innocent people.

    More importantly, I wish the damn laws would change to rid any possibility of these types of lawsuits.

    Everyone understands the importance of protecting one's own works, but this is getting out of hand.

    And it doesn't cease to amaze me how artists aren't the ones fighting these battles. Probably because they know better if they're on a quest to become "popular".

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