Pirate Bay Case Judge a Veritable Copyright Lobbyist

by Kavan Wolfe (published on Apr 23)

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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  1. H says:

    Really, is anyone surprised?

    The real problem is that American corporations now control other countries’ legal systems and not just America’s.

  2. Brian S. says:

    Yeah. The DMCA does not apply in other countries though america would like to see that happen. But no im not surprised at all. TPB will live on im sure just to be a pain in the ass.

  3. Kavan Wolfe says:

    @H, honestly yeah, I’m surprised that a Swedish judge would fail to divulge that kind of obvious conflict of interest. I expect corruption from judges in banana republics and the U.S., but not European ones.

    @Brian, it would be interesting to see whether US citizens believe that US law applies to other countries, or whether international law applies to the US.

  4. Brian S. says:

    Have you seen the pirate bay website. The legal threats section? multiple companies claim you need to shut down due to the DMCA. it really is quite comical as TPB points out that it has no authority what so ever in Sweden. I say let the circus continue .

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