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Legislation to end online anonymity advancing in multiple states


TechdirtA few weeks ago, we wrote about Florida's proposed law, which would require any website that hosts audio or video to reveal their name and address. This could have disastrous consequences for whistleblowers or anonymous critics. In the US, the Supreme Court has long recognized the importance of protecting anonymity as a part of the First Amendment, but this bill does away with that completely, just because the movie and music industries think it's necessary to stop piracy (even though it won't do that). Unfortunately, it appears that despite widespread criticism, the Florida bill is expected to move forward this week. If you happen to live in Florida, the EFF has set up a tool to help you alert your elected representatives to why such a bill is a terrible and unconstitutional idea.

You can try to stop the Florida version. It's too late in Tennessee. There's another effort in California.

These idiots need to stop trying to destroy the internet.

This entry was published Fri Mar 27 14:48:35 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-03-27 14:48:35.0. [Tweet]

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