Worldwide business means worldwide accountability, even on the Internet
There is a lot at stake in the struggle to control the proliferation of illicit material online. On one hand, criminal rings use intermediaries to traffic in illegal pharmaceuticals and to commit property theft and a host of other crimes. On the other hand, civil society advocates (and intermediaries themselves) raise the threat of mass censorship arising from attempts to impose obligations upon intermediaries that would require them to assist in deterring illegal activity.
Even after more than two decades of case l aw on the subject, questions relating to basic jurisdictional authority over intermediaries remain evergreen.