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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2011 16:27      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/06/tenn-law-bans-posting-images-that-cause-emotional-distress.ars
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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.
Uh oh. :/

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2011 17:18      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm going to go with emotional distress

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2011 18:17      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
LOL, Steen.

I imagine this is probably meant as an adjunct to online harassment and stalking laws. Like posting pictures of somebody's kid's school or something. I wonder if the law is worded clearly, though. A lot of the time, it's not the intent of the law that is the problem, it's that the people writing the law expect everyone will understand how it's supposed to apply and the resulting wording is very vague and open to abuse.

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2011 23:07      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Close. The change in the law was intended to expand the laws against harassing/threatening phone calls to allow them to apply to online communications as well. That wasn't a bad goal, since the those laws worked well in the past and have seen little or no abuse.

Unfortunately, we elect idiots and the language of the new law is so vague that it can be interpreted in stupidly broad ways.

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2011 10:25      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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/me adds Tennessee to 'Places I can never go again' list.

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2011 11:10      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TFD wrote:
/me adds Tennessee to 'Places I can never go again' list.

In that case, here's one of the things you'll never see in person.

Of course, this year we've also had a large cicada population come out to molt and breed, so visiting right now might not be as pleasant and relaxing as the previous picture may lead you to believe.

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2011 12:08      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What?

You mean there's more to Tennessee than Graceland, Dollywood, and The Salt And Pepper Shaker Museum?

It must truly be a place of wonder.

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Wow, Burgess falls reminds me a lot of Tremen State Park in my neck of the woods. Can't find a shot from a similar angle, but here's one I Googled up from below: http://www.pictureoutdoors.com/lower_falls_robert_h__treman_state_park_new_york-wallpapers.html

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