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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    Mike (profile), 23 Apr 2009 @ 11:12am

    Re: Confused about the conflict of interest

    I actually don't see a problem with this. The trial wasn't about whether copyright laws are valid or not, it's about whether or not the Pirate Bay broke those laws. Right?

    I think the point is that a judge who is an advocate of stronger copyright laws (and actively involved in organizations pushing for such things) is much more inclined to view a case like The Pirate Bay's through a different prism than one who is neutral to copyright laws.

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