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09-06-2011, 08:05 PM
Some of us could be in trouble...
?WTF??

Law bans Internet images that cause 'emotional distress'

There goes the Internet.

A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to post an image online that might "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to someone.

As reported by the technology website Ars Technica, the state already has a law against making phone calls, sending e-mails or otherwise communicating with someone in a way that would cause emotional distress. This latest ban, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is an update to that law.

The difference is that offenders may be prosecuted even if it's not the intended recipient who is "distressed." Anyone who sees the image - which means anyone on the Internet - could claim it upset them.

Prosecution can lead to almost a year in jail or up to $2,500 in fines.

The law even includes postings on social networking sites, giving law enforcement access to those drunken Facebook photos and tweeted pictures of your lunch if they can demonstrate that the content is "relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation."


Privacy experts, including UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, say the law is unconstitutional.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/20...ird%20news

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09-06-2011, 08:18 PM
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Wow a law like that just bans the entire internet.

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09-06-2011, 09:46 PM
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Obviously there's no way to enforce this law. How it passed I can't even imagine. Only those living in Tennessee could be prosecuted for it. Well I'll start making claims against people from Tennessee who piss me off for a quick buck then =p

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10-06-2011, 04:58 AM
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Your avatar offends me Tongue

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10-06-2011, 05:10 AM
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Dang!
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10-06-2011, 11:26 AM
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You don't need to be a privacy expert to know that is going to be unconstitutional. That article reads to me like state lawyers in TN has too much free time on their hands and weren't sure what to do with it. Someone already invented a super terrific classification system so that was out. I guess they decided to do the next best thing and get themselves sued.

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10-06-2011, 11:43 AM
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(10-06-2011 11:26 AM)BnW Wrote:  Someone already invented a super terrific classification system


THE GREATEST CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM YOU FEEBLE MORTALS HAVE EVER COMPREHENDED!!!!!

MUHAHAHAHAHAHA




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10-06-2011, 12:54 PM
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I may live in Mennonite central, but wow am I glad I don't live there.
\you know even though we do this crap

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10-06-2011, 02:36 PM
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This is going to get ugly quick. How long until this is struck down?
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10-06-2011, 08:32 PM
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(10-06-2011 02:36 PM)riseinside Wrote:  This is going to get ugly quick. How long until this is struck down?

I guess that depends on how long it takes someone from TN to find observer's post. Wink

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