Pirate Bay founder demands retrial

Lawyer claims the case judge has links to copyright protection organisations

The lawyer of The Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has called for a retrial in the copyright infringement case which saw his client sentenced to a year in jail for copyright infringement.

The move comes after Swedish media reported that Tomas Norström – the judge in the case – is a member of the same copyright protection organisations as some of the main entertainment industry representatives in the trial.

Lawyer Peter Althin revealed that a previous judge had been removed from the case at his request after he was also found to have similar connections, reports Thelocal.se.

“In the autumn I received information that a lay judge could have similar connections. I sent these to the court and the judge was excluded in order to prevent a conflict of interest. It would have been reasonable to then review this situation as well,” Althin said.

Norström is signed up to the Svenska föreningen för upphovsrätt (Swedish Copyright Association) alongside Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique Wadsted, all of whom appeared representing the entertainment industry in the case against The Pirate Bay.

However, Norström has denied being biased.

“My view has been that these activities do not constitute a conflict of interest,” he said in an interview with Sveriges Radio.

Last week (April 17), the four men linked to The Pirate Bay were jailed for one year and ordered to pay £2.4 million in damages.