Well it looks like Canada and the United States of Torture are not the only countries with embarrassingly incompetent judges. Tomas Norström, the Swedish judge that recently found the Pirate Bay founders guilty of copyright infringement, is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association and the Swedish Association for Industrial Legal Protection.
So let me get this straight, Judge Tomas ‘the tit‘ Norström, is asked to take on a case where the defendants are essentially arguing that copyright law is an obsolete pile of shit that’s been rendered meaningless by the digitization of information, and he doesn’t think that being a member of “the Swedish COPYRIGHT Association” is a slight conflict of interest? WTF?
To be fair, I can understand why the tit ruled against The Pirate Bay. He’s a legal type, after all, and legal types aren’t exactly known for their deep insight into modern technology. But legal types are known for understanding conflicts of interest, bias, perceived bias, and how being in a club with the lawyers representing the plaintiffs makes you un-fucking-fit to take the case!
I hope this guy can’t walk down the street for the next five years without being egged by pissed off swedish teenagers.
11/May/2009 Update: This just keeps getting worse!
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