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
    Tor, 23 Apr 2009 @ 10:58am

    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.

    You cannot interpret that as in itself enabling courts to order cut of internet access. In Sweden, as in hopefully many other European countries, there is a political consensus not to cut off access to internet.

    I think the people that claim that this judge is corrupt are way overline. BUT, the mere suspicion is bad for the confidence in the legal system which is why he should have resigned from this case. You often see claims that linking is not against the law in Sweden, but if you study the precedent cases on that you find that the situation is everything but clear. So even with another judge they might very well be found guilty.

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