Skip to comments.New York statute will ban internet posting of anonymous comments
Posted on 05/29/2012 10:02:49 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
Two New York legislators have taken a page from the playbook of aspiring internet regulator Joe Lieberman by sponsoring a bill which would make the posting of anonymous comments illegal. The bill written by Republican State Senators Dean Murray and Thomas OMara states:
A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his name to the post and confirms that his IP address, legal name and home address are accurate. All web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address for such removal requests clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted. (1)
The stated purpose of the Act is
to amend the civil rights law, in relation to protecting a persons right to know who is...
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So free republic would be illegal in New York?
Daisy Q. Duck
“Republican State Senators Dean Murray and Thomas OMara”
Terrible. These “Republicans” need to be tarred and feathered right out of office.
“Big Brother” wants to know who I am.
So is there any penalty for lying?! Yeah that's correct. My name REALLY is Nunya Bisness and my address is #1 Penthouse, Trump Towers, New York, NY and my IP really is from my internet provider out of Vanuatu, I never bothered to change it when I moved...
How would they apply this rule to websites hosted overseas? Or in other states?
Hope that includes anonymous sources in news articles as well.
During the American Revolution, did the newspapers that were circulated use the real name of the writers?
How many pen names did Benjamin Franklin have?
Did you know that, as a 16-year-old, Ben Franklin wrote letters to the The New-England Courant posing as a middle-aged widow named Silence Dogood?
If this statute existed in the 18th century Benjamin Franklin would be in trouble since he frequently wrote under pseudonyms; as did Madison, Hamilton, and Jay when they wrote the Federalist Papers under the name “Publius.”
Such as articles authored by ‘Publius’ ?
New York statute
will WOULD [If passed] ban internet posting of anonymous comments
Come on, "Coach", let's not let our command of our language slip to that of DU or MTV.
FR does not have this problem:
"Comment removed by moderator."
I am sure that, in the spirit of consistency, they will amend this bill to include a prohibition on voice votes(i.e.anonymous votes) in the legislature
if this law had been in effect 230 years ago, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay would have been forced to disclose their real names on the Federalist Papers, perhaps preventing the works of Publius being written.
Northeast Republicans... Misunderstanding the Constitution since 1946...
Add another lawsuit to the SCOTUS docket. Are they going to also pass a law that you must state your full name and Social Security number before talking to someone on the street? If the government would stop threatening to sodomize us perhaps we wouldn’t see a need to post anonymously. Time to go feed my two beloved war horses, Nelson and Blueskin.
Tar and feather someone from either party for this garbage. I’m so damn glad to have left NY...
Not sure what is to be accomplished from legislation like this, but I know that if it passes, I will be spending much less time at work (NYC) on the internet.
You’ll need an “ID” to post on the internet but voting...well, anonymity is OK there?
This would have made the Federalist Papers illegal. “Publius” was anonymous at the time.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It does not say "free speech only by the fully identified and certified".
And I could give a rip if anyone, politician or otherwise, can come up with some kind of rationale for his/her desire to abridge speech.
The freedom is clear.
Okay. Let’s also include the same information about the person (or persons) requesting that the anonymous poster’s personal information be published along with their justification for the request.
Oh, and let’s also make the requester responsible for any counteractions (bullying, etc.) that occur to the anonymous poster after the publication of the information.
I mean what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander, too. N’est pas?
The “liberals” dont like anyone mocking their PC Dogma and getting away with it.They can enforce their PC Dogma on certain jobs but the freedom of speech on the internet galls them greatly.
People who post “politically incorrect” opinions on their face book accounts, where they can be identified , can be fired from their jobs, like the South Florida Fireman, who gave his opinion on Trayvon Martin.
This is just an effort to squelch political speech through out the internet that the “liberal” powers that be dont approve of.
The authors used the pseudonym “Publius”, in honor of Roman consul Publius Valerius Publicola.
The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles or essays promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Seventy-seven of the essays were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October 1787 and August 1788.
At the time of publication, the authorship of the articles was a closely guarded secret, though astute observers guessed that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay were the likely authors.
"...unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his name to the post and confirms that his IP address, legal name and home address are accurate."
Terrific. Given Obama's oversight of Al-Qaeda oriented Drone hit list, how long before we can anticipate the NY effort to confirm legal identities/IP & home addresses & the current occupant of the oval office personally taking control of a list to target domestic drones with this info?
Also, OT, consider Breaking: Domestic Terrorist Kimberlin Has Conservative Blogger Arrested
GatewayPundit's Jim Hoft adds:
The World Is Upside-Down Conservative blogger Aaron Walker was arrested today after the Maryland hearing on the Kimberlin case.
Or as Ann Barnhardt frequently points out. . ."The Rule of Law is DEAD".
To idiot liberals:
Anonymous posters = Bad
Anonymous POTUS = Good
I miss that little Weiner. Those were some great threads!
Would Lenin have approved of this?
So asking someone for ID when they vote is unConstitutional discrimination.
But posting a snarky comment and we want to know who you are!
Sadly this will probably pass and the guy pushing it will probably be re-elected.
Another day in Obamaland.
It is for certain Yoko Ono wouldn't have.
The true purpose of the act is to suppress political dissent by having the ability to retaliate against the dissenters.
Big Brother knows who you and I and all the rest of us are and always has. What they want to do is expose everyone to retaliation from every nutcase out there who doesn’t like what we’re saying. Big Brother doesn’t need to get its hands dirty when ACORN, MoveOn.org and Media Matters zombies can take care of it.
If this new law is approved, will we then also have the LEGAL RIGHT to proclaim that we MISSPOKE, absolving us of any and all legal claims, like JACKSON, SHARPTON, the MSM, and all our politicians have?
So web sites have to have more verification than voter registrars?
Not only that, but if you vote for a (D) candidate, you are allowed to vote multiple times.
Yah... now I need this.
How can interstate or international communications be subject to state regulation? Something seems amiss here, not that I'd want some law like this passed on the federal level either.
I'd appreciate comments on this from the constitutionalists out there.
OK. Pin the tail on the donkey time.
Breaking: Domestic Terrorist Kimberlin Has Conservative Blogger Arrested
Maybe it would still be illegal to post anything from the Federalist Papers because they were written under pseudonyms, even if written 230 years ago.
Wait, you didn’t give us your address and I think it is only fair that you give out your phone number too.
I don’t know much about the workings of the internet, but couldn’t a website owner block his site from being viewed by an IP address located in New York?
Just to emphasize your point - There was this ruling in “United States District Court for the District of Maryland”
So it’s already been through the federal courts once at least. Why do lawmakers NOT PAY attention to those 10 little first amendments to the Constitution?
Yet another reason to limit the state legislature to meeting 120 days once every two years.
Keeps the legislators from hanging around long enough to think up this type of horse puckey, and even if they do, they do not have time to pass silly bills before the session ends.
(Yet one more reason Texas’s economy is better than that of New York’s.)
It’s funny when somebody shows ignorance without even realizing it...like this. Do they have *any idea* about what they’re trying to propose? No. They don’t understand the technology or the problems that they’ll face in implementing or enforcing it.
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I would say they are expecting other states to do similar laws and at some point offer reciprocation. They know the technology is coming where they will be able to enforce such a law so they are just getting a head start. Pretty soon people are going to be using the internet mostly with smart phones and tablets...with chip IDs and GPS tags and all sorts of ways to track down the user. Photos already have ID markers embedded in them so that you can tell what smart phone took the pic and where and when. They will be doing the same with text too, I suspect.
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