Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just a little corruption in Sweden

It turns out that the judge who passed the verdict in the Pirate Bay case is:
"... a signed up member of Svenska föreningen för upphovsrätt ('the Swedish Copyright Association'), where he is joined by Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique Wadsted, all of whom represented the entertainment industry in the case against file sharing site The Pirate Bay.

The judge also sits on the board of Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property), a group actively advocating for more stringent copyright laws."
The judgment was rather extreme:
The four defendants in the case, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, were each sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.56 million) in damages
One of the lawyers has called for a mistrial

Just a little corruption in Sweden, who would have imagined such a thing?

More at torrent freak

1 comment:

Zelimir said...

Swedish Government together with other Nordic Countries (Norway, Finland and Denmark) always preach and actively promotes through the media its own perception of a “squeaky clean” and accountable practices and policies aimed against all forms of corruption and violation of human rights.
It is most unfortunate, that reality it’s different.
Not just that the Government of Sweden and Swedish Government founded NGO’s are ignoring a myriad of the International Treaties which are integral part of the Swedish Laws, but have constantly shown extreme moral cowardice in talking necessary steps to combat such illegal practices.