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Re: [declan@well.com: [Politech] Lawsuit challenges law targeting Internet "annoyances" [fs]]

Seems like a reasonable law. Why are people scared/upset by this? Isn't anyone paying attention to this clause - "and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person"? It isn't anonymity or anonymizing services that are being targeted, but misuse of anonymizing technologies.


On 2/10/06, Eugen Leitl <eugen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

----- Forwarded message from Declan McCullagh <declan@xxxxxxxx> -----

From: Declan McCullagh <declan@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 14:08:59 -0800
To: politech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Politech] Lawsuit challenges law targeting Internet "annoyances"
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The complaint:

News coverage:

Previous Politech message:

The prohibition in the new law:
"Whoever...utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate
telecommunications or other types of communications that are
transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet... without disclosing
his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any
person...who receives the communications...shall be fined under title 18
or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."