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.
For more see:
- Bloggers And The Law - On Orthomom, Avis and Bill O'Reilly - from the Wise Law Blog archives
- EFF Protects Free Speech Rights for New Jersey Blogger - Judge Quashes Bogus Subpoena for Critic's Identity - on the TruthSquad case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Court Protects Blogger's Anonymity - from Legal Blog Watch on the New York Orthomom case
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto