Swashbuckling Buccaneer Judge Does Not See Conflict of Interest

 In the famous Pirate Bay Case, the BBC has reported that Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, who were found guilty of breaking copyright laws by a Swedish Court last week, might seek a “retrial” based on the ground that the judge in the case, Judge Tomas Norstrom, is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association and sits on the board of Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property. The judge has apparently pointed out on Swedish radio that “… these activities do not constitute a conflict of interest…”.

Hmm. Seems like our Ex chief Justice Barak is not the only judge to show lack of objectivity regarding his own eligibility to rule on certain cases. We thank the IPKat for tipping us off about the case.

We take this opportunity to register our disdain at referring to Somalian sailors as pirates. The perjurous term should be restricted to serious crimes like downloading music files and other activities of dubious legality.



Categories: Copyright, News, Opinion

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