UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 1998 > Jul > Jul 26

Re: Federal Criminal Law Against Defamation On

From: Larry Clark <lclark@ibm.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 19:24:48 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 19:40:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Federal Criminal Law Against Defamation On

>From: Rod Eastman <darkstar@carrollsweb.com>
>Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 12:04:57 -0500
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: US Criminal Law - Defamation On Webpages

>> From: Stig Agermose <wanderer@post8.tele.dk>
>> Subject: Federal Criminal Law Against Defamation On Webpages
>> To: updates@globalserve.net
>> Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 03:04:41 +0200

>> >From NY MUFON's mailing list.

>> Stig
>> ____________________________________

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

>> <snip>

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

>> NY Mutual UFO Network Postings -
>> http://www.nymufon.org

>> 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............."

>> Regards,

>> Larry Clark

> Larry;

>   If possible, can you provide more background on this new law, ergo
>the statute ##, enforcing agency, ect.. this may be helpfull as a knife
>that does cut two ways. And names or information will be helpfull.
>Thanks. Rod.h


I personally do not know anything about the law. I Cc:ed the
State Director, Dana Schmidt, who is a lawyer and familiar with
those kinds of things.


Larry Clark