Annoying people on-line is now a crime...

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    Gay, I searched cyberstalking

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    There seems to be no permalink for the relevant page (who would wish to link to legislation) but it can be found here by following the links (Version 6->Section 113). The relevant clause is quoted below:
    SEC. 113. PREVENTING CYBERSTALKING.

    ---(a) In General- Paragraph (1) of section 223(h) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 223(h)(1)) is amended--

    -------(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking `and' at the end;

    -------(2) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

    -------(3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

    ------------------`(C) in the case of subparagraph (C) of subsection (a)(1), includes 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 (as such term is defined in section 1104 of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (47 U.S.C. 151 note)).'.

    ---(b) Rule of Construction- This section and the amendment made by this section may not be construed to affect the meaning given the term `telecommunications device' in section 223(h)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934, as in effect before the date of the enactment of this section.
    This ammends the Communications Act, a 1996 ammended version of which can be found here (PDF). The relevant clauses are quoted below:
    SEC. 223. [47 U.S.C. 223] OBSCENE OR HARASSING TELEPHONE CALLS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR IN INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMUNICATIONS

    a) Whoever--
    ---(1) in interstate or foreign communications--

    ...

    -------(C) makes a telephone call or utilizes a telecommunications device, whether or not conversation or communication ensues, without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person at the called number or who receives the communications;

    ...

    (h) For purposes of this section--
    ---(1) The use of the term ''telecommunications device'' in this section-
    -------(A) shall not impose new obligations on broadcasting station licensees and cable operators covered by obscenity and indecency provisions elsewhere in this Act; and
    -------(B) does not include an interactive computer service.
    So clause (h) as ammended will read:
    (h) For purposes of this section--
    ---(1) The use of the term ''telecommunications device'' in this section-
    -------(A) shall not impose new obligations on broadcasting station licensees and cable operators covered by obscenity and indecency provisions elsewhere in this Act;
    -------(B) does not include an interactive computer service; and
    -------(C) in the case of subparagraph (C) of subsection (a)(1), includes 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 (as such term is defined in section 1104 of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (47 U.S.C. 151 note)).
    Assumably, this has the effect of making clause (C) applicable to internet communication.

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    Hmm... isn't that a contradiction? Isn't the internet considered an interactive computer service?

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    Wtf, so if I get on the internet intending to "annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass" someone, then I'm breaking the law, even if I don't say anything?

    The government intends to restrict free thought now?
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    I actually think this modification is an attempt to expand the laws so VOIP calls (as well as mobiles and land line calls) are covered in the case of nusance phone calls.

    The no conversation bit is for the 'heavy breathers'....

    I don't think it would be applied/enforced to internet chat/forums but you never know......

    Thought we could have a bit of fun with it....
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    The government intends to restrict free thought now?
    eh? You can think whatever you want, the government can't do anything about it.

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    What makes hoax's so funny are the ammount of people who are completely clueless to it.
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    I think they need to amend the bill, we should be required to give our complete name, SSN, and address.

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    SEC. 113. PREVENTING CYBERSTALKING.

    ---(a) In General- Paragraph (1) of section 223(h) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 223(h)(1)) is amended--

    -------(1) in subparagraph (A), by striking `and' at the end;

    -------(2) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and

    -------(3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
    What? No nine month penalty for missing a period?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bithub
    eh? You can think whatever you want, the government can't do anything about it.
    Conspiracy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bithub
    eh? You can think whatever you want, the government can't do anything about it.
    I was referring to the fact that it says, "whether or not conversation or communication ensues"
    "Think not but that I know these things; or think
    I know them not: not therefore am I short
    Of knowing what I ought."
    -John Milton, Paradise Regained (1671)

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    One would imagine that this is simply an overreaching blanketing bill in an attempt to make spamming and stalking through on-line means offenses that are more easily chargeable.
    "There's always another way"
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    ...which won't last past the first amendment court battle on this issue.

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    lol

    if this isnt a hoax

    the US gov has made yet another bad decision lol

    if its true
    i can get so many ppl arrested lol

    eventually the courts will not want any thing to do with this lol

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