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 @ 12:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Confused about the conflict of interest

    You are absolutely right, that stinks for the Pirate Bay, but it doesn't mean he has a conflict of interest. Lawyers all the time have to deal with the luck of the draw about which judge they get on a certain case.

    I still don't agree, though I understand your point. The argument is basically that someone who pushes for stricter copyright law is also more inclined to read actions as violating copyright law, even if they don't actually violate the letter of the law.

    I still think it's a clear conflict of interest. His positions show that he believes the position of the entertainment industry concerning copyright and has worked with the prosecutors for the case before in furthering copyright interests. It's hard to see how that's not a conflict of interest.

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