CDT, Public Interest Groups File Brief in Yahoo! Case
CDT, the American Civil Liberties Union, and a broad coalition of other public interest groups have filed a friend-of-the-court brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals urging it to uphold free expression rights in a case with broad implications for free speech online. Last year, a French court ordered U.S. publisher Yahoo! to limit the display of Nazi memorabilia and other artifacts on web sites hosted by yahoo.com. Such displays are protected by the First Amendment in the U.S., but are illegal in France. In November, a U.S. court rejected the French order, preserving Americans' free speech rights online and setting an important precedent for future attempts at international content regulation. The U.S. court's ruling has now been appealed. The new friend-of-the-court brief filed by CDT, ACLU, and many other public interest groups reminds the appeals court of the importance of free expression online and calls for the lower court ruling to be upheld. 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.