Although this story is several days old, this is the first I've seen it.
Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.
The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.
Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.
According to the story, if the bill became law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.
This is extremely bad legislation. If something like this ever got passed, it would kill online forums and blogging like you wouldn't believe. Considering how some people react to the opinions of others, no one would dare to post their true thoughts and feelings in fear of the reaction.
The Internet is the modern equivalent of the pamphlets that were distributed during early American history, such as the stuff from fellows like Thomas Payne, back in the days when expressing your opinion could get you a visit from the boys in red representing the Crown. A lot of these one sheets were from anonymous authors or written under false names, for fear of retribution.
So what you guys think of this?