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Multi-jurisdictional Compliance: Yahoo! Inc.    
 
Product Ref: 02/145C Company: Yahoo! Inc.

Product Type: Case Industry: Software & Services

Related Product(s): Teaching Note
Yahoo! Inc. (Yahoo) operated a number of Websites, including an auction site, a search engine directory at Yahoo.com (written in English) and a regional site at Yahoo.fr (written in French). On Yahoo's auction site, various third parties posted for sale Nazi-related propaganda and Third Reich related memorabilia, including Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and "The Protocol of the Elders of Zion" (an infamous anti-Semitic report). In April 2000, the French-based International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (also known as LICRA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating anti-Semitism, sent a "cease and desist" letter to Yahoo. LICRA warned Yahoo that the advertising and/or the sale of Nazi memorabilia and racist literature or objects on its auction site were prohibited in France. Another non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating anti-Semitism, L'Union des Etudiants Juifs de France, joined LICRA and took Yahoo to court. This case discusses how foreign courts have reached far to assume jurisdiction over e-business. It also demonstrates that e-business faces increased risks of liability abroad as countries bolster their efforts to put up borders in cyberspace. This case also explores the steps e-businesses can take to reduce the litigation risks in inconvenient or inhospitable forums.
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy
Management of Information Systems

Issues: Electronic Commerce; Legislation, Liability
Length: 3 pages Country: United States of America

Pub. Year: 2002 Level of Difficulty: 1
         
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English   Simplified Chinese
         
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