A bill filed in the House would keep Kentuckians from posting anonymous comments to Web sites.
House Bill 775, filed Tuesday by Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, would require anyone who contributes to a Web site to register a real name, address and e-mail address with that Web site. The person's full name then would be used whenever he or she posted a comment.
Web site operators who violate the disclosure law would be fined $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.All right, all right, don't get too excited. Couch admitted that his bill most likely won't pass muster in terms of the First Amendment, but he's trying to make a point with the bill. As he said, he's been the victim of anonymous posting himself, and wants to bring the issue to the forefront.
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