Illegal To Post Pictures Of Al Gore In Tennessee

A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to “transmit or display an image” online that is likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.

The Tennessee legislature has been busy updating its laws for the Internet age, and not always for the better. Last week we reported on a bill that updated Tennessee’s theft-of-service laws to include “subscription entertainment services” like Netflix.

The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender “reasonably should know” would “cause emotional distress” to the recipient. If the communciation lacked a “legitimate purpose,” the sender faced jail time.

http://arstechnica.com/

 

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7 Responses to Illegal To Post Pictures Of Al Gore In Tennessee

  1. Latitude says:

    uh oh…
    Weiner’s is big trouble now………..

  2. suyts says:

    Oh my……I’m so tired of this stuff. If the person who is IMing you or sending you a message from FB, and you don’t know them, don’t open it, don’t read it, don’t respond to it. I block invitations all the time. If you do know them, and they are on you contacts or friends list then maybe you should pick better friends.

    I don’t understand this. The govt pays for the NEA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and they come up with some of the most horrific pieces of……..”art” that I’ve ever seen. Will Tennessee go after them? I somehow doubt it.

    I haven’t read the wording of the law, but if it is anywhere close as to what ARS is stating, it is vague in meaning, potentially overreaching in application, and can only be selectively applied.

    I tell you, the freaks and miscreants are going to ruin the internet for every one.

    “None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.” – John Milton …

    • Latitude says:

      hay messter, vant to cee some derty peechurs?

      • suyts says:

        lol, Well sure as long as they don’t distress me. ………. I watched this movie years ago starring a fellow named John Holmes or something…it was very distressing….. I kept looking up and then down….. thought about buying this pump thingy………. oh, nvm………

      • Latitude says:

        rotlf….that movie had the same effect on everyone

  3. Blade says:

    Seriously good thinking Steve.

    The way to attack a stupid law is to apply it against leftist propaganda.

    Hmmmm. Greenpeace, WWF, Polar Bears falling from the sky, Inconvenient Tr*th, 10:10 No pressure.

    … Ad Nauseum

  4. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    Speaking of politics……

    See the picture of Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner at the link:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/golf-summit-boehner-obama-biden-kasich-golf-courses-.html

    Note his deep concern over President Obama’s un-Constitutional war in Libya. The Republicans are putting their foot down!

    Republicans are a bunch of useless, rich, country club elites.

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