Internet e-ethics in confrontation with an activists' agenda: Yahoo! On trial [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 39 (1-2):135-144 (2002)

A prolonged confrontation between Yahoo! Inc. and French activists who demand the removal of Nazi items from auction sites as well as restricted access to neo-Nazis sites is described and analyzed. We present the case up to the decision of Yahoo! Inc. to remove the items from following a French court's verdict against the firm. Using a business ethics approach, we distinguish legal, technical, philosophical and managerial issues involved in the case and their management by Yahoo! We conclude on the difficulty of governing relations with society from corporate and legal affairs departments at the headquarters level, and on the clash of two visions over the regulation of social freedom.
Keywords auctions  e-business  e-ethics  freedom of expression  Internet regulation  legal compliance  media crisis
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DOI 10.1023/A:1016348421254
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