Business e-Ethics (A): Yahoo! on Trial

Published 01 Jan 2001
Reference 4956
Topic Strategy
Industry E-Commerce
Region Global
Summary

In April 2000, Yahoo! was sued by a French anti-racist group, on the grounds that Yahoo!'s online auctions of nazi items on its U.S. site violate French law. Yahoo! Inc. finally removed these items from its site in January 2001. The cases and its annexes present the economic, legal, technical, philosophical, cultural and managerial issues.

Teaching objectives

Identification and evaluation of critical ethical issues concerning the Internet. Conflict and harmonization of different legal frameworks. Freedom of expression from the point of view of business and society. Corporate and individual attitudes towards ethical conflict. Evolution of business responsibility toward society.

Keywords
  • Internet
  • E-business
  • Business ethics
  • Media
  • Hate speech
  • Nazi & Neo-nazism
  • International law
  • Online auctions
  • Freedom of expression. RD0901
  • AR2001