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Pirate Bay admins' lawyer demands a retrial

Last week, the trial of four admins from The Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent site, concluded.  The result was a stunning defeat for the pirates, with a guilty verdict and a sentence of over $3M USD in damages (to be paid to Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures) and a year in jail.

Now new revelations have surfaced.  It turns out the judge presiding over the trial, Judge Tomas Norstrom, was a member of two Swedish copyright protection groups.  He confirmed his affiliation this week, which first surfaced in Swedish Radio reports.

The affiliation represents a relatively clear conflict of interest, given that the prosecution lawyers consisted of three lawyers of similar affiliations.  Peter Althin, who represented Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde in the case, is demanding a retrial.  He states, "This is completely new to me. It is reasonable that we should have known about this before.  It is a clear case of bias."

After successful actions against Kazaa and Grokster, two popular P2P clients, copyright lawyers are eager to trying to take down The Pirate Bay, which boasts over 22 million users.  And it appears they had a fully loaded deck to do it with the trial of the administrators, as they had control of the Judge and the prosecution.

All four defendants will appeal the guilty verdict Friday.  It is likely that all of them will request a retrial as part of that appeal.

Judge Nordstrom, meanwhile, defends his record, claiming he was completely unbiased.  He admits he is a member of The Swedish Association for Copyright and Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.  He also admits he worked with Monica Wadsted, who represented the American movie industry in the trial, in resolving internet domain name disputes.  Despite these close ties, though he insists the trial was clean.  He states, "I don't think there are any circumstances that have made me biased in this case."

Meanwhile, Pirate Bay ringleader Peter "brokep" Sunde was quick to poke fun at the judge's affiliation, calling it "quite remarkable".  He sums up the trial, in comments to the AP, in one word -- a "farce".

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RE: How in the hell...
By HolgerDK on 4/24/2009 1:12:41 PM , Rating: 2
Usually it does, and the judge did actually remove a jury member from the jury for being member of some copyright protection groups...

RE: How in the hell...
By Motoman on 4/24/2009 1:59:52 PM , Rating: 5
Now that's funny.

"Kettle to pot...kettle to pot...thou art black...over."

RE: How in the hell...
By tastyratz on 4/24/2009 9:14:38 PM , Rating: 3
It still boggles me that nobody caught this beforehand.

isn't it ironic, don't you think?

RE: How in the hell...
By SiliconDoc on 4/25/09, Rating: 0
RE: How in the hell...
By Motoman on 4/25/2009 5:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
Holy shit. Whatever you're on...please keep it away from me.

RE: How in the hell...
By MrPoletski on 4/27/2009 4:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
yeah how the hell did an article about swedish software pirates er cough website admins get into an Obama rant?

RE: How in the hell...
By lucre on 4/25/2009 10:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
SiliconDoc, I sincerely hope you cannot claim to be educated in America, and I very much hope you don't live in America.

The reason for this, quite ironically is that you are fatally biased.

I consider it below myself even to comment on the content of your posts.

I will however, show you your error.

You see, the logical steps in forming an opinion are
facts >> inference >> objective reasoning >> opinion.

For some reason you did this backwards, although I also noted the distinctive lack of objective thought as well.

The difference between you and a holy crusader, is, thank god, you can't burn anyone at the stake.

RE: How in the hell...
By Lerianis on 4/27/2009 1:04:41 AM , Rating: 1
Guy, I have to agree with you on everything but the Obama points. The fact is that government is corrupt to the core, to be blunt.

That's the main reason why I don't like the government: they are too interested in interfering in my personal life and sexual choices/choices of sexual partners and NOT interested enough in finding serial killers, forcible rapists (don't believe that statutory rape should be illegal, to be clear), etc.

They need to start repealing all of the laws that try to dictate what people put into their own bodies, who people sleep with (regardless of age), and only try to 'protect' people from having themselves cheated out of money or being physically attacked or killed by someone else.
That is the ONLY thing that laws should be doing: try to protect people from being scammed, having their property stolen, or being murderered/killed.

RE: How in the hell...
By MrPoletski on 4/27/2009 4:21:21 AM , Rating: 3
It still boggles me that nobody caught this beforehand.

isn't it ironic, don't you think?

It's about as ironic as rain on your wedding day or a free ride when you've already paid.

RE: How in the hell...
By tastyratz on 4/27/2009 2:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures

Im glad SOMEONE caught that lol

RE: How in the hell...
By MrPoletski on 4/29/2009 6:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
The irony of the song being that not a single example she cites in her lyrics is an example of Irony.

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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