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Old 03-10-08, 09:25 AM
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Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal

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Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 - 11:11 PM Updated: 12:40 PM
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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.

Action News 36 asked people what they thought about the bill.

Some said they felt it was a violation of First Amendment rights. Others say it is a good tool toward eliminating online harassment.

Represntative Couch says enforcing this bill if it became law would be a challenge.
This is a pretty stupid idea, and I it has no chance at passing I would assume, but imagine if it did. This would probably kill most forums, and message boards. Who would ever support this?
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Old 03-10-08, 09:27 AM
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There's another Tim Couch from Kentucky that probably wishes he was anonymous right now.

Anyway, this is impossible to police. I'd just sign my name Ayepee Freeley from Shoveitupyourass, USA.
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This has all kinds of stupid written all over it.
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They have teh internets in Leslie County?

Odd how the news article didn't mention Representative Couch's party affiliation.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
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This is a pretty stupid idea, and I it has no chance at passing I would assume, but imagine if it did. This would probably kill most forums, and message boards. Who would ever support this?
Well, I'm good, Mr. Fire.
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What's next? A bill to prohibit falsehoods about making $100,000 a year, peni exaggerations, etc.?
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I wonder if Kentucky Representative Tim Couch is any relation to University of Kentucky quarterback and Heisman finalist Tim Couch?
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
They have teh internets in Leslie County?

Odd how the news article didn't mention Representative Couch's party affiliation.
According to bhk's First Law of the Media, any time there's a bad story about a politician that doesn't mention party affiliation, the politician is a Democrat. Any time there's a good story about a politician that doesn't mention party affiliation, the politician is a Republican.

A little bit of googling turns up this page:

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/H090.htm

which demonstrates that Rep. Couch is a Republican. Since his party affiliation is not mentioned in the article, his proposal must be a good thing. QED.
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I done think this bill is great, y'all. Tim Couch is a great guy, so you whippersnappers had better shut your beaks, y'hear? Now, if you excuse I'm off to marry my sister. YEEEEEEEEE-HAW!

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Originally Posted by JasonF
I wonder if Kentucky Representative Tim Couch is any relation to University of Kentucky quarterback and Heisman finalist Tim Couch?
Too late for that one Jason (see post #2)

BTW, it isn't, the rep was born in 1961.
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That's KY for you. Cut 12% out of the state education budget as a catalyst for approving casino gambling, and no one outside of the state cares. But mess with the Internet...
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That's KY for you. Cut 12% out of the state education budget as a catalyst for approving casino gambling, and no one outside of the state cares. But mess with the Internet...
It irritates the $hit out of me that people in this area are too stupid to see Beshear's main reason for cutting education funding was solely to gain approval for casinos Wonder how many casino lobbyists contributed to his election?

On one of the news channels they even showed a legislative session with the heads of UK/UL debating with the legislature. One of the congress critters said "we'll continue to work to find ways to increase funding but perhaps you should be working to gain support for casinos in your area..."

So transparent...yet so blatant. Then there's the cutting of funds for the mental hospital in Louisville. They had to ... *gasp* ... cut the art therapist because of budget cuts. Nevermind the fact that when you divide the numbers given, the state spends approxr $9 MILLION per patient at that facility.
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According to bhk's First Law of the Media, any time there's a bad story about a politician that doesn't mention party affiliation, the politician is a Democrat. Any time there's a good story about a politician that doesn't mention party affiliation, the politician is a Republican.
No law is followed 100%. But generally, I'm correct on that.
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Too late for that one Jason (see post #2)

BTW, it isn't, the rep was born in 1961.
Betcha a dollar that most of the people in his district that voted for him thought it was the same Tim Couch, though. I mean this is Kentucky were talking about...
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In the 0.000000000000000000000000000001% chance Tim Couch gets his way, this would only be applicable to the state of Kentucky, right?

If so, would that mean only citizens of Kentucky would have to disclose their real names? Or would any internet traffic that goes through Kentucky fall under the jurisdiction of this law?
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This would be next to impossible to regulate, especially when you take the global factor into consideration. These types of laws are usually only supported by people who don't use the internet much and don't seem to grasp how the internet works.

Besides, putting up personal information on the web is usually how online bullying starts in first place... how else are people able to find their victims?
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Which is more stupid: this bill or the general idea of a state legislature passing laws to regulate a global computer network?
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