The lawyer representing The Pirate Bay's founders intends to demand a retrial due to alleged bias from the judge, according to the Associated Press. As we wrote last week, Judge Tomas Norstrom deemed the founders of the notorious BitTorrent tracker guilty of helping users violate copyrights. He sentenced them to serve a year of jail time and pay the equivalent of $3.6 million in damages to movie studios and record labels.
So, what evidence does the defense have to suggest bias from Judge Norstrom's part? The AP explains:
Norstrom acknowledged to Swedish Radio that he was a member of The Swedish Association for Copyright, as well as a board member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property. He also said he has worked alongside Monica Wadsted, who represented the American movie industry in the trial, to solve disputes related to Internet domain names.
Defense lawyer Peter Althin told the AP the judge's industry ties are "completely new" to him and represent a "clear case of bias." He added, "It is reasonable that we should have known about this before." The AP says the defendants have planned to appeal the verdict since last Friday, and that the retrial demand will likely be submitted together with the appeal.
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