|IEC 818||SECTION 1 ©
The Regulatory Environment
. Federal, Bill C-6
. Provincial, Bill 88
Domain Name Disputes
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course author:Tim Richardson
Security and Cryptography
for Section 1
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|One of the biggest challenges
in Internet legal issues is the matter of jurisdiction.
If you are speeding in New York City, you can be pulled over by the New York City Police.
If you are speeding on a highway between metro areas, you can be arrested by New York State Troopers.
If you commit a crime that involves travelling between states, you can be arrested by the FBI.
If you commit a crime that is outside the jurisdiction of any particular countries - you will not be arrested since the law can only be enforced when their is an agency that has jurisdiction.
In August 2000 there was a case involving Yahoo which saw Yahoo being ordered by the French government to block access to sites auctioning Nazi memorabilia. In France, it is against the law for such things to be sold since it comes under the category of their anti-racism and hate crimes legislation. While "www.yahoo.fr" does not carry links to such Nazi sites, it is possible for people to go onther Yahoo sites and find Nazi auctions. Yahoo pleaded that it was technologically impossible to block people accessing such sites but the French government did not agree and took Yahoo to court. As of August 12, 2000, the French judge hearing the case had not yet called for Yahoo to be fined for failing to comply and was delaying his ruling.
The most interesting point
coming out of the trial was the judge's "rejecting Yahoo's argument that
French courts did not have the power to impose French law ... when French
people tapped in to Yahoo's English language portal"
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