Kentucky Bill Would Fine Sites for Anonymous Postings
Not only is Kentucky-based State Rep. Tim Couch, a member of the National Wild Turkey Association, he has introduced a turkey of a bill in the Kentucky Assembly.
As Internet gossip and news site (I have a reason for applying those two descriptors in that order) Valleywag reports, State Representative Tim Couch has put forth a bill requiring "anyone "contributing" to a website to register their real name, address and email address with that site -- the website would be fined $500 for each anonymous post.
Couch hopes that such a measure, if enacted, would cut down on "online bullying" by forcing bullies to come out with their real name and not post at all.
Yes, but one has to ask- if, by some odd chance this bill becomes law, wouldn't it be the state that's the bully?
And one other small matter. Would such a statute apply only to websites with HQ or servers based in Kentucky? If yes, what would that do to that state's Internet companies?
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