p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- Sweden, already disgraced not only in the eyes of its citizens, but of the world, by nakedly toadying to the corporate entertainment industry, now has another reason for shame.
When the decision came down that a Swedish court had ruled against Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the people who run a .torrent search site called The Pirate Bay, and their supporter, “The corporate press corps doesn’t even blush at reporting a court case brought by the movie and music industries against four (4) people, whose combined incomes wouldn’t keep the cartels in coffee and donuts, as a triumph,” said p2pnet.
But we didn’t realise how right we were.
“The copyright industry likes to have the outcome of processes clear before engaging them so it’s perhaps unsurprising that SR today revealed that the judge Tomas NorstrÃ¶m (right) is in league with it on many fronts. The judge has several engagements – together with the prosecution lawyers for the movie and music industries,” he says, going on to list organisations in which the entertainment cartel judge has interests in »»»
Swedish Association of Copyright (SFU) – The judge Tomas NorstrÃ¶m is a member of this discussion forum that holds seminars, debates and releases the Nordic Intellectual Property Law Review. Other members of this outfit? Henrik PontÃ©n (Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau), Monique Wadsted (movie industry lawyer) and Peter Danowsky (IFPI) – the latter is also a member of the board of the association.
Swedish Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (SFIR) – The judge Tomas NorstrÃ¶m sits on the board of this association that works for stronger copyright laws. Last year they held the Nordic Championships in Intellectual Property Rights Process Strategies.
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) – Tomas NorstrÃ¶m works for the foundation that oversees the .se name domain and advises on domain name disputes. His colleague at the foundation? Monique Wadsted. Wadsted says she’s never met NorstrÃ¶m although they have worked together. [NOTE: Wadsted is a lawyer who acted for the movie industry - Jon.]
The story has NorstrÃ¶m stating, “Every time I accept a case I make an assessment on whether I am part of it or not. But I have not felt that I am biased because of those commitments.”
Peter Sunde’s lawyer, Peter Althin, says he’s already put in a request for a re-trial, says the story, quoting him as declaring, “In my appeal, I will claim the court was biased and that the appeal court should cancel the verdict and re-submit the case to the district court.”
Adds TorrentFreak »»»
Previously one of the original lay judges in the case had to step down when his involvement in a music rights group became known;
Three lay judges were appointed, said Judge NorstrÃ¶m one week before the trial. On a question from me to the lay judges on whether they had any involvement in copyright associations or similar, or if they are or have been artists one of them answered Yes.
That lay judge was removed. It’s anyone’s guess why the judge didn’t think the same should apply to him.
Whether or not Tomas NorstrÃ¶m allowed his personal interests to get in the way of a fair verdict is open for debate, but there can’t be an intelligent human being reading this news that doesn’t feel that it would’ve been better for everyone if he simply backed away from this case and let someone else take over. He has compromised the entire case and verdict.
Rick Falkvinge of Sweden’s Pirate Party said the revelations were indicative of corruption on a completely unforgivable level.
Definitely stay tuned.
p2pnet – The Pirate Bay decision leak `a bit LOL`, April 18, 2009
TorrentFreak – Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial, April 23, 2009
acted for the movie industry – The Pirate Bay vs Them: Day Seven, February 20 4, 2009
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