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US Criminal Law - Defamation On Webpages

From: Stig Agermose <wanderer@post8.tele.dk>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 03:04:41 +0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 00:30:29 -0400
Subject: US Criminal Law - Defamation On Webpages 

From NY MUFON's mailing list.


Date: 26 Jul 1998 00:22:52 -0000
From: "Larry Clark" <lclark@ibm.net>
To: "Jed Turnbell" <Jedstar@aol.com>


Subject: internet use
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 20:26:34 -0400

NY Mutual UFO Network Postings -

Hi all:

I received a message from the state director with important news
for all our internet users. Dana wrote:

"that there is now a federal criminal law against defamation on
the Internet (eg, the Webpage). Already there has been a
conviction, in New England I believe, where there was prison
time, a fine, AND seizure of the computer equipment used by the
convicted. So be careful what you say on our Webpage"

Enough said! Be careful out there! I myself was accused of
copying someone's WEB page, changing the contents, and posting
it to the state site, and pretending it was on another site. The
bizarre thing about that was when you went to the alleged forged
page, it clearly showed (and still does) the person's WEB
address. To pun a phrase "Oh, what webs we weave, when we
practice to............."


Larry Clark