Thursday, January 12, 2006

Illegal to Annoy

As of last thursday, a new law is in place that makes it illegal to anonymously annoy someone online. How ridiculous.

There are other parts that are legitimate. It also makes it illegal to "abuse, threaten or harass" someone anonymously (I guess it's already illegal to do these things non-anonymously). But the bill, slipped into an "unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Dept of Justice" by Arlen Spector (R-PA) has very different wording than previous versions proposed.

The problem is being annoyed is a pretty low threshold and other people's free speech might annoy you. Now they can't do it anonymously. Hmmm, I'm annoyed by many ads and I don't always know who's publishing them (as opposed to who they are for) maybe they are now committing a crime.


Anonymous said...

Does this mean I have to stop posting on your blog?

Howard said...

You just have to sign your name

Anonymous said...

But that wouldn't annoy you?