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oh fuck, LiveJournal is going out of business! [Jan. 9th, 2006|09:09 am]
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It's now illegal to "annoy" somebody online without using your real name?


[User Picture]From: terrajen
2006-01-09 05:16 pm (UTC)
the obvious solution is for everyone to change their names to their lj usernames.
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[User Picture]From: decklin
2006-01-09 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, okay. I guess.
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[User Picture]From: livejamie
2006-01-09 05:16 pm (UTC)
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From: duffey
2006-01-09 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well I guess I better leave my full name when I troll someone on LJ now :(

-- Chris Duffey
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-09 05:24 pm (UTC)
Heh. Great meme. Let's include that in the next LJ news post! :-)
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[User Picture]From: bigjimsjazz
2006-01-09 05:27 pm (UTC)


Good thing you sold it.

5th amendmant? What 5th amendment?
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[User Picture]From: jarodrussell
2006-01-09 05:27 pm (UTC)
"Intent" is becoming my least favorite word ever.
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[User Picture]From: strand
2006-01-09 10:58 pm (UTC)
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<a href=""Take the quiz</a> and find out if you to could be Canadian.
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[User Picture]From: saintbryan
2006-01-10 07:03 am (UTC)
already did that. Haha you suckers still in the US
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[User Picture]From: earthdotprime
2006-01-09 05:56 pm (UTC)
the best part? 13 yr olds are still exempt, as they're minors. long live t3h eljay drama!!!111!!!
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2006-01-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
i saw that this morning...


great, just great.. there goes my free time
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From: ex_debgirl0
2006-01-09 07:20 pm (UTC)
Screw you Justin!

--Deborah Lusetti
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-01-09 06:42 pm (UTC)

Oh dear. I guess it's time to admit that my real name is Josephine Winterton and that I'm a 40-year-old woman from Arkansas. It was all a lie!

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[User Picture]From: desh
2006-01-09 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ms. Winterton???? You were a terrible home ec teacher, but I never knew you could code!
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[User Picture]From: aempirei
2006-01-09 06:49 pm (UTC)
serious the lamest thing ive read ever. i will not be able to live.
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[User Picture]From: aivalli
2006-01-09 07:00 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-01-09 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am totally sueing the whole internet today.
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[User Picture]From: kaleidoscopeeye
2006-01-09 07:57 pm (UTC)

At least you sold it first ;)
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From: jamesd
2006-01-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
Fun. So on LJ you can only annoy people if you use your real name and don't provide enough information for anyone to know who you're trying to annoy.(*)

(*)LJ TOS will get a journal suspended if an identifiable person objects to a post about them and complains.
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From: phatduckk
2006-01-09 08:13 pm (UTC)

this may be the most rediculous thing ever. ok maybe 2nd ...

i remember about 1 1/2 years ago I was working at Spoke Software and our lawyer was trying to kill some bill "they" were trying to pass in CA that woulda made it illegal for programs to read your email ... that was also a pretty dumb thing but our lawyer and a bunch of other tech company layers were able to get that squashed.

so who's held responsible here? the "annoying person" or the service provider who's site the "annoying" posts are on?
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[User Picture]From: ravan
2006-01-09 09:42 pm (UTC)
Shit. We will have a class action challenge to this law just based on some of the more interesting communities (eg abortiondebate, childfree, contards, abortion_snark, journalmocking, ljflamebucket, fake_lj_deaths, etc).

A large number of LJ members don't use their real names because of cyberstalking concerns. Let's face it, a name like "Schimmelpennick" in Small Town, IA would be really, really easy to find and make unhappy.
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[User Picture]From: ymf
2006-01-09 11:10 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-09 10:55 pm (UTC)
You suck Brad,

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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-01-09 11:27 pm (UTC)

Hey, take advantage of it yourself.

You can finally get that fiendish jameth back for this:

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[User Picture]From: pyesetz
2006-01-10 04:04 am (UTC)
Things are not quite as they seem.  See BoingBoing.

--Песец Пёс (Yes, that's really my name—my stage-name.  It's as real as "Jon Stewart" on The Daily Show).
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[User Picture]From: arbat
2006-01-10 05:22 pm (UTC)
The "Violence Against Women" law was signed in 1994, I believe. This act only adds things to it. For example, it adds e-mail to other means of communications through which you can't harass people. So, it does not take away our rights per se - they have been taken long ago. This only reiterates the idea that one must protest any attack on anyone's freedom right away - not waiting till it gets to him personally.

Also, the article you quote - it is kind of misleading. It says it as if this whole thing was done by evil Republicans. Senator Patrick Leahy is proud to say - it was not done by Senator Spector alone, but by Kennedy, Conyers, Biden and other esteemed members of the Senate too.
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