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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: File sharing sites will be filtered out.
By rcc on 4/24/2009 2:26:04 PM , Rating: 3
Like I've said again and again, they should focus on making better content.

And what exactly is the incentive here? If you are of the opinion that people will suddenly start paying for things they've been stealing just because the quality is better you are in for a grave disappointment.

IMNSHO, of course.

RE: File sharing sites will be filtered out.
By LumbergTech on 4/24/2009 4:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think a better way to put it would be if the price reflects the quality of the content.

RE: File sharing sites will be filtered out.
By rcc on 4/24/2009 5:23:10 PM , Rating: 3
Same, same. People will still download/infringe/steal if they can. They want free, they have found the way to free. They are not going to stop just because the quality is better. That would take a paradigm shift in society at this point. Dumping the entitlement mentality and reasserting a set of morals. Frankly, I'm not holding my breath.

RE: File sharing sites will be filtered out.
By SiliconDoc on 4/25/2009 5:58:56 AM , Rating: 1
But the very same powers that be stole trillions with the internet in the computer connected wall street scandals that congress backed and supported for two decades, then when they wre caught, they screamed it's all coming down and used the internet and wall street and the fed (totally online connected to the markets) to steal TRILLIONS more.
Then Congress loooked at us all blank faced and claimed "we don;t know what just happened, or how this happened" - then we found out they were lying through their teeth - from Dodd to Barney to Gorelick to Geithner and all the rest of them including the appointed tax cheats.
So my friend, you may be correct about entitlement mentality - but to even propose it's jhonny 2 bucks and susie curlers on mommies computer is INSANE.
The very overlords making the laws and trying to make sure they are enforced are the biggest set of robber barrons and collusionists the entire world has ever seen, with the biggest internet superhighway connected robbery scam the world has ever known.
I cannot even begin to support this, since every single one of the master, gigantic, huge moneied, congresscritter enabled thieving beasts is more or less retained, off the handle, scott free, and just fired up ROUND 3 in the massive ripoff. Very few exceptions to that - Maddoff and very few others.
Sorry, they can all go to hell. A bullet awaits them as far as I'm concerned.
They tauight jhonny 2 bucks and susie curlers everything they need to know and then some.
Then we can talk about jhonny and susies punishment.

By rcc on 4/29/2009 11:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
Skipped the meds again did you?

I'm not even sure what you were responding to. But I'll leave you with an old classic based on your diatribe. It's not very popular anymore, but who cares anyway.

Two wrongs don't make a right. : )

By AEvangel on 4/27/2009 9:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah just like Radiohead proved right??

But Gigwise's anonymous source may not have meant that all 1.2 million people who downloaded the album in the first three days Radiohead's site paid for it. ComScore said 60 percent of downloaders didn't pay, which could bring that revenue figure down to $2.4 million.

2.4 million seems like a good deal for a band specially if you can keep the cut the execs would have gotten.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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