As the article goes on to say, this would include anyone who violates the "Terms of Service" (TOS) of a website. Remember that TOS can be almost always changed at ANY time and WITHOUT WARNING by the website owner.
You might also consider that to read the "newest" TOS of most websites you have to actually access the website to read the TOS webpage. And...in one scenario, just accessing the website if you're in an 'excluded category' could therefore violate the "newest" TOS. Catch-22. You violate the TOS by simply reading the TOS. Instant FELONY.
If you live in some "3-strikes" states, a worst-case scenario is one could get LIFE in prison without parole...for just accessing a few websites.
I don't know how this might go outside the US, but I would expect the legal template could be easily used by some other governments.
Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?
Congress contemplates draconian punishment for Internet lies.
By ORIN S. KERR
Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet. So you could be jailed for lying about your age or weight on an Internet dating site. Or you could be sent to federal prison if your boss told you to work but you used the company's computer to check sports scores online. Imagine that Eric Holder's Justice Department urged Congress to raise penalties for violations, making them felonies allowing three years in jail for each broken promise. Fanciful, right?
Think again. Congress is now poised to grant the Obama administration's wishes in the name of "cybersecurity."
Isn't it the governments job to get involved and control every detail of our lives?
Didn't the founding fathers set this county up to one day become the socialist states of America?
Oh wait... they didn't. It is getting hard to tell now days.
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Facebook has been the most talked about, and the most misunderstood web service right now. Basically, it is a "social networking site". This allows anyone to keep in contact with friends around the globe. Another is, you can do number of things that is different from the experience that you have on a traditional forum. It's more of a two way interaction than on a blog. To add, this can also be used for business networking, not just for socializing. On the contrary, certain attributes of the site has arouse many questions. The thing that strikes me when I see a network is lying on facebook. I believe most of you will agree with me. Cyber-crime is accruing because of this network lying. And because of that, "facebook felony" regulation came into existence. To supplement everybody about it, the felony provision has been amended out of the bill. However, Congress is still thinking about a cyber-security bill. Check this out: [url=http://www.newsytype.com/11498-facebook-felony/]Facebook Felony bill amended; lying online not felonious[/url]. So what does this infer? No matter how this update to cyber security fares in Congress, the focus on online identity and security is definitely increasing. Following the terms of service on any website you choose to use is always important. The likelihood that you will be prosecuted for lying about your age on a dating site may be low, but is is always a good idea to read and understand the full terms of service so you know the rights and responsibilities you are going to be held accountable for.
Hmm, I wonder how this would actually stop people who still mean to do some orc mischief! If they use a fake name, fake age, fake address and hide behind a proxy they still won't be caught. Unless of course these social networking sites include in the Term of Agreement social security, driver's license # or birth of certificate as identification
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Facebook has been the most talked about, and the most misunderstood web service right now. Basically, it is a "social networking site"...
Facebook is turning into the defacto registration vetting agent for a lot of different websites. They are handing over all participation control to Facebook. I have a number of liberal and conservative friends who are very concerned about this.
That makes Facebook MUCH more than just "a social networking site".
If you put the State behind enforcing compliance with a website's TOS, and criminallze (to any degree) non-compliance, you turn Facebook into Real-ID...behind the People's backs, and likely with many in Congress not even realizing that's what happened.
By doing so you turn a contractual agreement between entities (i.e. you and the website) into a State-enforced law with (taxpayer supported) criminal prosecution, records, fines, prison time, and possible loss of Rights.
A contract is a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties with mutual obligations, which may or may not have elements in writing. Contracts can also be formed orally (parol contracts). The remedy at law for breach of contract is usually "damages" or monetary compensation. In equity, the remedy can be specific performance of the contract or an injunction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_law