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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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    Ben Matthews, 23 Apr 2009 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Confused about the conflict of interest

    A scholar or expert in copyright law would be one thing, but an active member of organizations that have a stake in particular copyright laws is another.

    This case would not effect copyright law is what people have to really get a hold of. This was just determining whether or not they were guilty of laws already in place. He MAY hold opinions we don't like about copyright law, but that doesn't mean he was a bad choice, unfortunately.

    If that were the case, then judges who are members of organizations supporting stricter laws about child abuse, or any other topic, would not be allowed to preside over trials that concern that topic, even though that is their focus and what they are most educated on. If an attorney didn't like their opinion on the matter, it doesn't mean they have a conflict of interest.

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