The conflict of interest of Fredrik Niemelä, the judge in the case of alleged copyright infringement, was decreed at the Svea Court Of Appeal, reports Zeropaid.com.
The judgement was unanimous and cannot be reversed. A statement issued from the court read: “These facts are according to the court of appeal such that they together constitute grounds for questioning his impartiality in the mentioned case. Therefore, a conflict of interest exists.”
However, Peter Sunde, one of the four The Pirate Bay workers who lodged an appeal against his one-year prison sentence for copyright infringement, said that despite initially questioning the appointment it was felt that a “Spotify employee might be informed on the issues involved, unlike a member of the legal profession.
“I don’t know if he’s good or bad,” he mused, “but at least he’s technically very competent.”