Members of Internet Industry File Brief Supporting Yahoo!
Also on May 6, a coalition of leading business organizations and associations - led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Yahoo. The focus of the industry's brief is directly complementary to the arguments made in the public interest brief filed by CDT and others. Just as the decision of the French court is a serious threat to free speech, it is also a threat to companies' ability to do business on the Internet. The industry's brief argues that the French Court lacked jurisdiction (and thus was without power) to order a U.S. company to change its U.S.-based and U.S.-focused web site based solely on the fact that the web site could be viewed in France. The brief also argues that the California federal district court did have the power to step in and declare that the French court order was unenforceable.