Friday, January 13, 2006

US Appeal court punts on Yahoo v France speech

A US Appeals court has avoided the opportunity to declare that the imposition of a large fine by a French court on Yahoo!, over the company's displaying of nazi memorabilia, would amount to an infringement of their first amendment rights.

"In a 99-page decision, the court left open the central question of whether U.S.-based Internet service providers are liable for damages in foreign courts for displaying content that is unlawful overseas but protected in the United States.

The court said it was unlikely the French would ever enforce the judgment and doubted Yahoo’s free speech rights under U.S. law were violated."

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