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Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 10th, 2006, 10:00 am

David Britland sent me to a story from CNET news which reported:

" Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime. ... Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. ... Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison."
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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby magicam » January 10th, 2006, 10:13 am

Well, the idea isn't bad, but is enforcement feasible? What's does "annoying" mean anyway? There has to be more than this to the statute. As stated above, I see plenty of first amendment challenges. Clay

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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 10th, 2006, 10:52 am

Why, Clay, I would think that you would know what "annoying" means!

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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby magicam » January 10th, 2006, 11:16 am

Now that hurts ....

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 10th, 2006, 11:21 am

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
... disclosing your true identity. ... Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison."
Okay, which one of you is Superman?
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Postby rich aviles » January 10th, 2006, 11:26 am

There is more information about this at www.boingboing.net
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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Terrence » January 10th, 2006, 12:53 pm

Given the track record, it's probably called "The Protection of Internet Free Speech Zones Act".

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 10th, 2006, 1:30 pm

It's just a playful nudge, Clay. :)
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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Bill Palmer » January 31st, 2006, 10:42 pm

I wonder how this affects anonymous blogs.
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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Q. Kumber » February 1st, 2006, 1:15 am

I don't think it affects the right to free speech in the least. Because surely the right to free speech implies that people know who the speaker is. The law specifically refers to annonymous postings.

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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby magicam » February 1st, 2006, 6:33 pm

Rich wrote
There is more information about this at www.boingboing.net
Thanks for the link, Rich. After reading the discussion there, it sounds like the law doesn't mean anything like what CNET said. Perhaps a case of sensationalistic journalism (with apologies to the real journalists out there).

Clay

P.S. Anent RK's playful nudge, it also sounds like I'm not going to jail just yet ...

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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Bill Palmer » February 1st, 2006, 6:48 pm

I wonder if this means that Magic Circle Jerk and Judge X are open to prosecution if the continue to post without revealing their true identities.
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Re: Nasty Anonymous Posters WATCH OUT!

Postby Guest » February 1st, 2006, 7:05 pm

Bill, I sure hope that is not the case....If it is, I WASTED 26 years in the military protecting the rights of ass holes to pick on me on the internet....hehe

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