Monday, January 09, 2006

Trolling on the Internet is now a Federal Crime

According to News.Com it is now a Federal Crime to write something on the internet that is intended to annoy someone, without disclosing your true identity.

The text of that bill is, “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."

This is where you can find more information about the bill.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.r.03402:

This mean that anyone that engages in trolling or posts opinions that might annoy someone must also identify themselves, or face a sentence of up to two years in Federal Prison.

President George Bush believes this a law worth signing. I think perhaps he’s expanding his definition of Terrorism.

So to comply with the law, I am identifying myself as Jack Dean Dingler, jr. Unlike George Bush II, I do not intend to be a criminal.

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