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    Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal.
    Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.

    The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site. Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

    If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.Representative Couch says he filed the bill in hopes of cutting down on online bullying. He says that has especially been a problem in his Eastern Kentucky district.
    Can you imagine - we'll all be compelled to know who Styxx, etLux, DPDan, Skysaw, Ernstinen, valhalx, schneb, Tony Monaghan and the rest of you really are!

    Do we really want to know?

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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    Personally I'm fine with using my real identity, but I'm betting this bill doesn't get off the ground. The internet is a bit like the environment -if everyone doesn't buy in at the same time, then those who might have done are going to say 'Why should we?' What are the chances of all the forums in the US bowing to such a law whilst they can see the rest of the world not bothering?

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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan View Post
    Can you imagine - we'll all be compelled to know who Styxx, etLux, DPDan, Skysaw, Ernstinen, valhalx, schneb, Tony Monaghan and the rest of you really are!

    Do we really want to know?
    This more than any other forum I've been involved with has people who are open and transparent. No hidden identities or agendas here!

    KeithW (Keith Walls)

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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    Tim Couch
    Never heard of him. How do we know this guy is really who he says he is or maybe his name is really a cover up?

    Could be New York State Governor Spitzer in disguise!
    Styxx

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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    I'm not a big supporter of Ayn Rand (makes me claustrophobic), BUT...

    "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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    The only forum left would be dvinfo.net. Chris Hurd personally reviews all of the registration requests and requires that everybody post their real name. It has the best signal to noise ratio around!

    It has a good audio area for video production, but pretty much nothing on how to make music to go along with the video. They know as much about long shotgun mics as we do about sample libs!

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    Now really. How in the world are they going to police THAT? How would anyone know that 000 Blowitoutyerpiehole Ave. is my real address or not?

    If they want to garner support, make SPAM a felony punishable by high fines, years of community service and no use a computer for the length of the sentence.
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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    First sites like these are international so who can tell what is right or wrong. If one has to put your email address in public, then you'll get acres of spam, thats why I keep it quiet.
    Second thought - I wish more of you filled in your location, as Gary says "Where in the world are you? ", at least which country, - just for interest sake
    Last edited by buckshead; 03-11-2008 at 03:58 PM. Reason: second thoughts

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    "Meh ah zee your paperz pleese?" - G. E. Stapo
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    Re: Law Dept: Ban Anonymous Internet Posts?

    Tools for Freedom in the Brave New World:

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