The legal right to annoy

According to this article I can legally annoy you via this blog, since I operate under my own name. To cite the new law:

“Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person…who receives the communications…shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Rather interesting considering many of the countries founding fathers are said to have written under pen names (most famous being the Federalist Papers ironically hosted on the Library of Congress website).

So if you use your name, it’s legal. Brilliant. Brought to you by the same guys who don’t even read the bills they vote for (remember that mess).

One thought on “The legal right to annoy

  1. i probably agree with your principles, but i think you’ve got a logical flaw in your argument.

    “without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten”

    just because this bill is targetted at people who do this kind of stuff anonymously, doesn’t mean that it’s legal to do the same stuff using a name.

    like if there’s a bill against one ‘crime’ that doesn’t render all other actions legal.

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