Stockholm court: Pirate Bay judge wasn't biased!
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 10/06/2009 08:18
The Pirate Bay defendants have accused the judge in their trial of bias after it emerged that he was a member of two pro-copyright groups. But the Stockholm District Court is standing up for its judge, telling an appeals court that such memberships are an important part of judicial learning and that they help keep judges up to date on key issues.
Soon after The Pirate Bay trial ended in a guilty verdict, the site admins objected to alleged "bias" in district judge Tomas Norström. Turns out that Norström was a member of two different copyright organizations, one of which received some of its money from global music trade group IFPI. A court of appeals agreed to look into the matter, even assigning the review to a different section of judges that usually does not deal with copyright questions to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
As part of the appeal, the Stockholm District Court has now weighed in, defending its judge, according to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
Pirate Bay copyright appeal looking shaky
The Pirate Bay co-founders, convicted of copyright infringement earlier this year, look set to have their appeal overturned with the Stockholm District Court.
The court says that there is no evidence of bias by the judge who presided over the original trial, despite his affiliation with intellectual property organisations including the Swedish Copyright Association and the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.