Yahoo!, Inc. v. LICRA (La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et L’Antisemitisme)

433 F.3d 1199 (9th Cir. 2006), rev’g en banc 145 F. Supp. 2d 1168 (N.D. Cal. 2001)

In December 2000, a French court held U.S.-based Yahoo!, Inc. liable under a broad French anti-hate law for content carried on its auction site in the United States, solely because the site is accessible to French citizens. The ruling, which held Yahoo! liable for postings of Nazi and other World War II memorabilia, holds Yahoo! responsible for damages of nearly $100,000 a day unless it installs filtering software to block all content from French citizens that might violate that nation’s anti-hate regulations.