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Monday, January 09, 2006
No... seriously... the are:
Here is the Whitehouse Press Release on this idiotic law. And of course... this is all in the name of protecting women from more... violence... over the internet? So if let's say... oh I don't know... blast Ann Althouse for being an out there Beatles Fan anonymously on her blog... then I could be breaking the law? And here is the relevant text of the actual law:
I find this law annoying... can I throw Congress in jail for two years?
Update: Well... things may not be as dire as they first seemed. Check out this post at the Volokh Conspiracy for more details. Basically... the law only applies when the speech wouldn't normally be protected by the 1st Amendment... and is most likely meant to extend the telephone harassment statutes to VOIP.
Update II: And here's another post from The Volokh Conspiracy (from Eugene this time) that's not nearly as encouraging. Although the intent of the law may very well have been to simply extend existing telephone harassment law to VOIP... the way it was written could be much more broadly interpreted.
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