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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.
I really hope this falls on it's face. I can see the benefits of it however making it work and the steps to do so are what really have me worried.
Once they provide we must ensure that user's are registered before allowing them to post, the next step will be make sure we validate the user. I don't know how they think making someone create an account with some fake name will make postings less anonymous.
Mickey Mouse posted....
Good thing I had signed up for this account so you know who wrote this.
Plus, the logistics behind requiring every website to validate a person's identity is nearly impossible to ensure accuracy, at least in a reasonable scenario that scales to the size of a site like eBay for instance.
This is not the first time this was tried. It does not stand a chance...
How would KY succeed where China, with all of its state sponsored censorship systems in place, failed?
I'm glad to hear that even China failed when they tried it.
Practical considerations aside, it's unbelievable that a state legislator would be unaware of the United States' illustrious history of anonymous postings. I guess Rep. Tim Couch has never heard of a fellow called "publius."
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Hmm I wonder I have a google blog and the post are on my server and the comments comments are really on google's server and not on my server so really I am not hosting the comments Google is so I wonder who is responsible for the post me or Google?
Korea wouldn't try this.
I mean, come on- how dare the governemnt make people use their real names on bank accounts! Don't they know how difficult that makes it for people to hide millions of dollars?
Heard that 20% of the people have the family name of Park.
But getting back on topic, a lot of Korean sites require (or used to require) registration with the person's Korean ID number. I believe it is/was mostly for e-commerce sites, but some community sites required it as well. So even if a person didn't use their real name as their screen name, it could still be traced back to a real person. (Unless that person used someone else's ID number to register.)
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 7:21 pm (utc) on Mar. 13, 2008]
What is he going to do, try to penalize sites with .pl .uk .ru and other TLDs.? I thought the Luddites disappeared prior to the end of the 19th century.. He probably wrote the bill on his Selectric.
Stalking and harassment are one issue where laws cover issues like that, but freedom of speech is also a right of every American.