[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.



Proposed legislation to jail anonymous webmasters (MLP)

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

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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