by

Flaming someone on the Net anonymously: Totally against the law!

Declan McCullagh of C-Net is the first with the word:

Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called “Preventing Cyberstalking.” It rewrites existing telephone harassment law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet “without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy.

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.

As near as I can gather, this means at least 80% of the content of every message board on the Internet is now illegal under US law. And you thought board moderators were bad before!