[FoRK] Sadly, Texas produces more than its pro rata of evil...

jbone at place.org jbone at place.org
Thu Feb 12 17:17:07 PST 2004


	
Sometimes I really, really hate the political output of this state...  
particularly its native sons that go to Washington.

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	http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/2/11/2369/20598

Proposed legislation to jail anonymous webmasters (MLP)

By kamera
Thu Feb 12th, 2004 at 03:41:00 PM EST
Freedom

Cnet News reports that Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas - the chairman 
of the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee - recently 
proposed the Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act which would make 
giving false contact information for domain name registration a 
criminal offence punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The justification according to Congressman Smith: "To make it easier to 
track down miscreants. 'The government must play a greater role in 
punishing those who conceal their identities online, particularly when 
they do so in furtherance of a serious federal criminal offense or in 
violation of a federally protected intellectual property right.'

(Wired News also has published an article on the issue.)



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