Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lawmaker Hopes to Make Anonymous Blogging Illegal

In an effort to address the ongoing problem of online bullying, Kentucky representative Tim Crouch is attempting to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to post anonymously online.

Lexington, Kentucky's WTVQ News reports:

The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site. Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.

…Representative Couch says enforcing this bill if it became law would be a challenge.

- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto


Note: Given the ample First Amendement protections afforded online anonymity by U.S. courts to date, it is had to imagine how this Bill, if passed, could survive a consititutional challenge.

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