Yahoo Settles with Chinese Dissidents

Reuters reports:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of several Chinese dissidents for the Internet company’s alleged involvement in providing information the Chinese government used to prosecute the men, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.

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Yahoo agreed to cover the yet-to-be-agreed upon legal costs incurred by defendants.

It’s unclear whether the legal costs are all Yahoo will pay. If so, that seems like quite a good deal for the company. Still, it took a tongue-lashing from Congress to spur the settlement. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos says the settlement is “long overdue.”

For background on the Shi Tao affair, see here.