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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    Unicorn of Memphis, 24 Apr 2009 @ 7:33am

    Music and movie industary now needs a case brought against them

    Tampering with a case this big should only be called a federal fellony. CEOs should be put in prison and hit with a bullwhip 1000 times a day for 20 years. I have a fine whip that been retired for sometime, I'd be happy to be the one in the black hood laying it in on those tender , un-tainted backs.

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