[LINK] French uphold ruling against yahoo! On nazi sites
Fri, 24 Nov 2000 18:07:45 +1000
On Fri, 24 Nov 2000 15:54:26 +1100 "Hrebeniuk, Ellen"
>Tony Barry wrote:
>>Yahoo! had argued that the ruling was impossible to comply with, but the
>>court recently heard testimony from Internet experts who said it is
>>technologically feasible for Yahoo! to distinguish between French Internet
>>users and users from other countries.
>Would anyone like to explain how this is done, without getting too
>technical? I didn't think it would be possible.
Ben Laurie, one of the Internet experts appointed in the Yahoo case, posted
the following URL on a UK list (and prob. elsewhere), setting out his
views. It's written in non-technical language.
"An Expert's Apology
The Yahoo! Nazi Case
The background to this is that Yahoo! were ordered by the French court to
prevent French people from accessing auction sites selling Nazi
memorabilia, which is illegal in France. Yahoo! said that it was impossible
to fully comply with this ruling, so the court appointed three experts, one
French, one European and one American, to advise it. I was appointed the
The remarkable lack of deep thought on this matter that has been evidenced
by the press has prompted me to write up my own views. Enjoy. ..."
Irene Graham, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. PGP key on h/page.
Web: http://libertus.net - about censorship & free speech in Australia.
Executive Director, Electronic Frontiers Australia: http://www.efa.org.au