File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 140

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 10:26:39 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] online identity: important "legal" information

Dear MJWM-
Yeah, I remember when this one was past because a number of buddies  
of mine are web masters of forums mostly to do with various forms of  
fandom. They kind of filed it away in the things to look at later  
file. I believe this is currently running through the lower court  
system right now but I would have to check.

Part of this was created because of "internet stalking" which in  
certain circles had become a problem especially for restraining  
orders to be enforced. Also it was touted as a tool to get rid of  
spam (which is considered a annoyance) but the way the law is worded  
it is now rather weak in that field. The law really right now is  
being treated as a place saver until needed. The other thing that it  
is in place for is to make it easier for the authorities to track  
down pedophiles.

Personally I really don't have a problem of saying who I am since I  
really haven't put anything out on the internet that is in public  
viewing that I am worried about anyone up to and including my parents  
and any future employers I might have. I admit to having written some  
bad Dr. Who slash in my younger days but those are on a list that is  
members only and I think is now off the internet as the site is gone.  
My husband is pretty well know in certain circles (Star Trek, Comics,  
Babylon 5, Space Cases) that he never thought of trying to hide who  
he is. So we are pretty much in the clear for this law.

Kathleen O'Shea David
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