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Submitted by OhSoLaMeow
OhSoLaMeow (2536022) writes "From the Daily Caller:
"A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
This could be the death of Slashdot: No more ACs."

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  • Do you really think that you posts on /. are anonymous? If you do, I've got some retirement home lots in my Everglades Estates development I'd like to talk to you about.
  • Let assume that the bill passes both houses of Illinois' legislature. The governor might see it for the nonsense it is, and veto it. Even if he signs the bill (or his veto is overridden), the law will be challenged in court almost immediately. It is likely it will be struck down on constitutional grounds, and will almost certainly not be enacted in the meantime.

    Just to make things more interesting, the proposer of this bill is also proposing another bill to make gun ownership anonymous. [techdirt.com]

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