Yahoo's free-speech appeal gets hearing

Yahoo is set to go before a U.S. appeals court in a case to determine whether a foreign court can censor speech that originated in the United States.

Yahoo, which is presenting the case Thursday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, has asked the court to find that orders issued in a French court are unenforceable and that the defendants cannot collect their multimillion-dollar claims. Nearly five years ago, antihate groups in France sued Yahoo over Nazi paraphernalia posted for auction on its U.S. Web site. A French court ordered Yahoo to block all sales or display of such items that could be seen by citizens of France, based on that country's laws prohibiting racism.

News source: C|Net

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