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'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'

Publication Date: 
March 15, 2007
Source: 
Wired News
Author: 
Luke O'Brien

Wired News quotes Professor Allen Weiner in an article about a Chinese woman whose husband was jailed because he sent out subversive e-mails to Yahoo users in China:

"The normal rule is that when you're doing business in a foreign country, you're obligated to comply with the law," says Weiner. "We may not like the law. But Yahoo is in a difficult position."

"She's presumably going to have to establish that this was a human rights violation," says Weiner. "Whether arbitrary arrest would count is something that the courts haven't really decided.... The next thing to figure out is whether Yahoo aided and abetted it.... The bottom line is that it's pretty hard to prevail in these cases."