Tuesday, February 12th 2008

America's First Amendment Extended to Internet Trolls

While most people inside and outside America feel that the right of free speech has succumbed to weaker minds and a move towards political correctness, a recent court decision would prove otherwise. DailyTech summed up what happened pretty nicely:
A California judge in the Sixth Appellate District in Santa Clara County last week ruled that anonymous trolls on the Internet are allowed to stay anonymous. Along with remaining anonymous, Internet trolls are able to say what they like, by exercising their First Amendment rights, no matter how belittling is it.
This decision reversed a prior ruling made just two years ago, in which ten subpoenas were issued to people that would fit into the definition of "internet trolls" who took things to new extremes.Source: DailyTech
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14 Comments on America's First Amendment Extended to Internet Trolls

#2
kwchang007
Sorry but where? First amendment protects rights provided that they are on public property. Private property, only laws apply. So, you can't troll in TPU, and what about foreign servers? Based on this kind of thinking, the only place you can troll under this ruling is on government servers....brilliant...
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#3
imperialreign
by: zekrahminator
While most people inside and outside America feel that the right of free speech has succumbed to weaker minds and a move towards political correctness, a recent court decision would prove otherwise. DailyTech summed up what happened pretty nicely:
This decision reversed a prior ruling made just two years ago, in which ten subpoenas were issued to people that would fit into the definition of "internet trolls" who took things to new extremes.

Source: DailyTech
friggin BS, IMO.

If you have the balls to make a statement, one should be held acknowledgeable to that statement.

Especially if you comments fall under the lines of slander and libel , which is against 1st amendment protection.

This is like saying that prank calls and harassment calls are permissible and fully allowed - f*ing stoopid. :shadedshu
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
"Legalize Freedom"

I wish it happened :shadedshu
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#5
erocker
I'm am so tempted to make up a new user name "internet troll" and post "Today, trolls around the world rejoice!" While constantly belittle-ing everyone!:laugh:

Oh, and note the first line from the OP... "A California Judge..." That says it all. California Judges are about as smart as a watermelon.
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#6
flashstar
You gotta love California. :D

The funny thing is that this ruling actually limits individual rights because it theoretically takes away the right to control speech on private property.
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#7
kwchang007
by: flashstar
You gotta love California. :D

The funny thing is that this ruling actually limits individual rights because it theoretically takes away the right to control speech on private property.
It may be, but it shouldn't, the ruling's kinda ambiguous. Because you can say certain things in public school you won't get in trouble for but you can't do the same thing in a private school. Of course that's provided that you don't disrupt class. So private property doesn't fall under the first amendment...unless this judge is trying to change that.
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phanbuey
by: imperialreign
friggin BS, IMO.

If you have the balls to make a statement, one should be held acknowledgeable to that statement.

Especially if you comments fall under the lines of slander and libel , which is against 1st amendment protection.

This is like saying that prank calls and harassment calls are permissible and fully allowed - f*ing stoopid. :shadedshu
So true :toast:
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#9
pentastar111
I realize this may sound as though I'm "out of the loop" and living in a vacuum...BUT, what the hell is an internet troll?:o And by the way, I live in Ca. this place is downright weird.
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#10
Mussels
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by: zekrahminator
While most people inside and outside America feel that the right of free speech has succumbed to weaker minds and a move towards political correctness, a recent court decision would prove otherwise. DailyTech summed up what happened pretty nicely:
This decision reversed a prior ruling made just two years ago, in which ten subpoenas were issued to people that would fit into the definition of "internet trolls" who took things to new extremes.

Source: DailyTech
Anonymous strikes again!

Long live 4 **** and /*/

(insider joke.)
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#11
thoughtdisorder
I can't help but wonder if this was spurned on by the recent "Anonymous" movement against Scientology that began on the internet and escalated into streets around the world last weekend. I know that the Scientolgist lawyers had a video removed from the internet because it depicted Tom Cruise and was slamming the religion. The group "Anonymous" had filed a countersuit declaring First Amendment rights were not upheld here in America....
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#12
1c3d0g
EGGcellent. Freedom for life! :rockout:
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Agreed. Everyone has a right to their opinion. But they also have a right for that opinion to be challenged and debated, etc.
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#14
ChillyMyst
*slaps wareagleau for no good reasion* :D
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