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May 24, 2004
Calif. "True Name" Bill Passes Senate - Sponsor Misleads About Purpose
The San Mateo Daily Journal reports that California's "True Name and Address" Bill has passed the Senate and it is now up to the Assembly to stop the free speech abomination (Bill will curb Internet piracy). I wrote a brief analysis of the anonymity-attacking legislation when it was introduced ("True Name and Address" Bill for All Filesharers Introduced in Calif).
All my original comments on how the law is likely to be unconstitutional are still valid, but I have some new issues with how the bill is being sold:
Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, said his legislation would enable law enforcement to use the addresses to track down people who violate copyright laws by illegally distributing copies of commercial films and recordings.
Yeah ... that is going to happen. If you are illicitly distributing copyrighted content you aren't about to go advertising the fact. Sen.
Mickey Mouse Kevin Murray might as well introduce a law requiring "true name and addresses" on all notes from bank robbers. Why not be honest, Senator? This bill allows California law enforcement to go after copyright infringers when they otherwise could not and, additionally, allows the copyright industry an even bigger legal threat (jail time) to hold over filesharers.
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