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

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

    Looks like the Americans amongst us are in for some interesting times on-line.

    The US congress has just signed a bill that makes anonymously annoying people on-line illegal.

    So better start posting under your real names (and addresses) or the thought police will send you to goal for two years.

    I must warn you all that I have a very, very low threshold for annoyance...

    and these stupid laws are really annoying me.




    "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."

    http://news.com.com/Create%20an%20e-...3-6022491.html
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    As if the US would take their time and energy to send people to track IP's and arrest people for annoying someone. Somehow I feel that this is impeeding of my free speech...

    Ah well, the US government may be a bunch of ..............s at times, but eh, at least we have an army... ... ... Dont know why that helps me out any though... Damn... What a stupid law...

    Let me test it out:

    YOUR A TOTAL LOONY BERSERK RABBIT EATING CHICKEN FRENZY DOUCHE! YOU WANT MY REAL NAME? WELL SCREW YOU!

    Lets see if I get imprisoned for that? *Rofl*
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    That is a waste of tax dollars...my tax dollars. And it violates free speech. I will not use my real name in the net in any way shape or form...and no law in it's right mind should require me to. That's one of the top ten tips for being careful on the internet. Do not disclose personal information or any information that could lead someone to your real identity.

    Just wait till some wacko ........es someone off and another wacko tracks him down via his real name and kills him. Then what?

    Surely the US has more pressing things on its agenda than some dumbass law like this one.

    One first ammendment battle and this law is toast me thinks.

    And you really think the US has the time to track down if the person annoying another is a US-based IP?

    This law essentially makes forums illegal. It's a load of crap.
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    Thats hillarious! American stupidity at its greatest! I would say that it is an un-enforcable law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manaxter
    Thats hillarious! American stupidity at its greatest! I would say that it is an un-enforcable law.
    lol america!

    This isn't going to stand up when it's challenged.

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    so does that mean that all the people on my space are going to be arrested!

    i can't wait!!
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    edit: Maybe this means we can arrest those Jamster guys

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    And it violates free speech. I will not use my real name in the net in any way shape or form...and no law in it's right mind should require me to. That's one of the top ten tips for being careful on the internet. Do not disclose personal information or any information that could lead someone to your real identity.
    Meow! agree!!

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    And what, pray tell, will garuntee that the name one uses when flaming a person is, indeed, the name that was assigned to that person at birth?
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    I could very much flame someone from the computer at my college. Does that mean that they arrest my college principle ? That would be too good to be true. Don't the law makers in the United States have anything better to do..like shut themselves in the loo for a few hours !
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    This whole thread is annoying me! anyone who posts here without disclosing your true identity shall now go to jail.

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    Can anyone post a link to the text of the legislation itself? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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    You're so dead, quzah ...
    All the buzzt!
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    This is one version http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/...TfWrkv:e91030:
    I think that is an earlier version or something though...

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