February 10, 2005
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a petition filed by Yahoo! Inc. to reconsider an earlier decision restricting Yahoo's efforts to protect its lawful US publications from liability under French law. A French court had imposed fines on the U.S.-based Yahoo! for web site content that is lawful in the U.S. but illegal in France. A lower U.S. court held that enforcing the French fines would violate the U.S. First Amendment. An appeals court panel disagreed and held that Yahoo must wait to vindicate its rights. CDT and other industry and public interest organizations filed a "friend of the court" brief supporting Yahoo's petition to the court.