As we all thought would be the case, the recent conviction of the Pirate Bay four has been the end of the matter. In fact, it's got decidedly messy.

A lawyer for Peter Sunde – one of the four – has called for a retrial after a Swedish news source revealed that the trial judge Tomas Norstrom was a member of several pro-copyright organisations, including The Swedish Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Swedish Association of Copyright, which played a key role in the prosecution. Norstrom. 'My view has been that these activities do not constitute a conflict of interest,' said the judge. Righto.

So it looks like that when the Pirate Bay guys told users that they wouldn't be shut down and nothing would change they were right. Expect this one to run and run, as they say.

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