Monday, January 09, 2006

The end of anonymous blogging in the US? - "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." Yes. Really.
"Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person...who receives the communications...shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
Just as well DK's not in the US, eh?

11 Comments:

Blogger Guido Fawkes Esq. said...

"with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person"

.. that just about covers ALL my blogging.

1/09/2006 06:07:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Hang on - Guido's a pseudonym?

Heh...

1/09/2006 07:59:00 pm  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

'without disclosing your true identity'

That makes bloggers sound like superheroes!

1/09/2006 09:33:00 pm  
Anonymous Richie said...

Without trying to sound rather technical and dull, does this law just apply to American citizens, or will the law somehow cover residents of other countries who use American servers?

1/09/2006 10:06:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

It's entirely possible they could claim the server thing - alternatively they could claim that any website viewable from within the US is covered by it (the whole "place of publication" confusion that no one seems to have worked out with the internet yet...)

So yes, we could all be covered by this. The US does, after all, control the internet. The only potential opt-out is, if you end up prosecuted in a US court, getting a decent lawyer to argue that the new law itself is unconstitutional. Which it most likely is, strictly speaking.

1/09/2006 10:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not quite.... this story has been taken somewhat out of context. have a look here for the full story:

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/09/flame_someone_anonym.html

1/10/2006 02:10:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or for a little more, you can see here:

http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2006/01/annoy_someone_o.html

1/10/2006 02:12:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[loathe as i am to provide anything that might be considered a defence of bush, i hasten to add]

1/10/2006 02:14:00 am  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Regardless - it sounds like a bad law in the first place and extending it to the internet is bad also. Bush, the Sugar Plum Fairy, whoever - bad law. Trouble with the internet is that legal commentators are coming to the impractical but logical conclusion that all websites theoretically would have to comply with all laws of all countries if they wanted not to run the risk of prosecution in all countries. So anyone writing about sex had best not get a readership in Iran and then visit Iran, for example. Obviously this is silly, but also true because the internet is international whereas law (mostly) is not.

1/10/2006 11:40:00 am  
Blogger Devil's Kitchen said...

Oy!

So yes, we could all be covered by this.

Oh shit.

DK

1/10/2006 09:37:00 pm  
Blogger Mikey_Capital said...

Doesn't this conflict with freedom of speech?

1/12/2006 12:42:00 pm  

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