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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    Tron, 24 Apr 2009 @ 3:42am

    Judges has a very good knowledge about the Law and the Justice. It is the reason for presiding the trials because they are profesionals. They compite among themselves to reach the highest position in the system. Tomas Norström can not admit that there is a conflict of interest and, at the same time, to serve corporations. If he doesn't do so then his judgement would not be such a good bussines and his fellows clearly would be against him.

    Doesn't he know wich is the integrity level of his fellows?. Yes, he knows it, but I think that his speculation has fallen under a high recklessness about his fellows. They have now to show wich is the moral level of integrity they themselves posses. We are not morons!

    A cloud of close friends -Tomas Norström, Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky, Monique Wadsted- have hung in prison to four persons. What do people have to claim against caves of robbers while these are infiltrated not only in houses of parliament but in courts too?. If this is not corruption, what is it then corruption?

    As between both riversides of the Potomac, between the Pirate Bay and the Pirate Party only one stream of clear water can flow, the votes of social integrity.

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