Beware if you blog anonymously and are viewed to be an annoyance

If you live in USA it seems that posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity is now a federal crime.

According to the article - Create an e-annoyance, go to jail (by Declan McCullagh, News.Com), however, it is still "OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name."

Later in on the article the term "annoy" is discussed as well as situations where it may be appropriate to set up a Web site or write something incendiary without telling everyone exactly who you are.

A direct quote from the new legislation follows:

"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."

Well, that's anonymously blogging finished then. As if...!

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