Battle over Nazi auction site heats up

Yahoo explains why it is "technically impossible" to block access to auctions of Nazi memorabilia
Written by Jane Wakefield, Contributor

The Paris High Court will hear evidence from Yahoo! Monday in the auctions of Nazi memorabilia case.

The portal has been asked to submit a technical report to back claims that it is technically impossible to block French access to its US auction site. It follows attempts from anti-racism groups to ban access due to the number of Nazi-related objects for sale. Under French law it is illegal to sell objects with racist overtones.

The case has put the international jurisdiction of the Interet firmly back on the agenda, and raised the question of how to apply domestic law to an international medium. The High Court has until 11 August to consider the evidence.

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