Yahoo Says Just Following Lawful China Orders, Sir – Dan Harris

The China Law Blog has uploaded a PDF copy of the motion-to-dismiss brief Yahoo! filed in U.S. Federal Court yesterday in an effort to avoid a lawsuit over the company’s provision of user information to the Chinese government. The file comes with commentary from blog co-founder Dan Harris:

The brief was so long that to be able to upload it onto the blog, I had to delete the first ten pages, consisting mostly of its table of contents and its table of authorities.

To grossly simplify, Yahoo’s main defense seems to be that it was merely following a lawful Chineese governmental request. I am not expert on most of the legal issues involved in this case, nor do I even claim to have been following it at all closely. Nonetheless, after reading this brief, I am of the view this case may end up being very important to U.S. companies doing business internationally, and not just in China. [Full Text]

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