Internet Jurisdiction Today

Allen, Adria | January 1, 2001

This paper will use the Yahoo case to illustrate the unique jurisdictional dilemma posed by the Internet as countries try to enforce their laws in an era when laws may be broken, through the use of the Internet, from other countries with conflicting laws.’ Part I of this paper will address the Yahoo case and its importance to Internet jurisdiction. Part II will explore traditional jurisdiction and apply it to the Yahoo case. Part III will identify twopotential theories of Internet jurisdiction and investigate whether they are feasible solutions to the problem posed by the Yahoo case. Part IV will examine an alternative to the proposals for Internet jurisdiction put forth in section II and IIU.