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Yahoo! confident in 'Mein Kampf' case

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(IDG) -- Yahoo! Deutschland, the German subsidiary of Yahoo!, says it is confident an investigation into an alleged online auction of banned Nazi propaganda will be dismissed.

Spokeswoman Claudia Strixner said that Yahoo!'s legal adviser has assured the company the investigation, announced by Munich state prosecutor Manfred Wick, will be called off.

Wick opened the investigation after allegations that a copy of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" had been listed on Yahoo! Deutschland's auction site on Feb. 1. The book is illegal under German laws banning Nazi propaganda.

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Strixner said, "We first found out about (the auction listing) in November. Our position is that of course we absolutely refuse to have Nazi material on our Web pages. Here in Germany we support actions and movements against right-wing radicalism."

She added that the company conducts regular controls of its pages, and removes any illegal items posted by users.

Last week, a French judge ruled that Yahoo! must install filters to prevent French users from taking part in auctions of Nazi memorabilia on the U.S. site. The decision has drawn international interest, for its potential ramifications for national laws regulating cross-border Internet transactions.

But Strixner said the Munich investigation can't be compared to the French case. "In France we had a case against Yahoo!, our parent company, for selling things that are legal in the U.S. but illegal in France. Here it's a completely different matter, in that it's about allegedly having something on Yahoo! Deutschland that's illegal under German law."

Wick did not immediately return phone calls asking for comment.




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