Democrats kill online freedom of speech act

For those of you who blog from within the U.S., congressional democrats (traditional allies of 'real journalists') just voted against a bill which would have given bloggers protection from free speech limitations inherent in campaign finance laws.

And that's all I have to say about that. -- Forest Gump

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Brian, Rest easy, my 'legal eagle' is reviewing said bill for attached 'pork' from sponsors. CNET = ZDNET = WINTEL (truth from Redmond?) Devising a novel IP solution for historic auto manufacturers today which could involve SUN wares. I will keep you informed ...

Posted by William R. Walling on November 04, 2005 at 12:58 PM GMT+00:00 #

I'd be surprised. The version I saw on thomas.gov was most concise bill I've ever seen. It seems to add a sentence to a campaign law which excludes internet content. The campaign law that it was to modify _is_ complicated which should make political bloggers within the U.S. a bit nervous. I'm not too concerned yet. I've tried to avoid politics in my blog anyway (though it is tempting sometimes.) I doubt the restrictions are enforcable overseas. And since this is one of those cases where the D's are against first amendment freedoms and the R's are for it, even a republican slanted supreme court is likely to eventually strike the restrictions.

Posted by bnitz on November 04, 2005 at 03:39 PM GMT+00:00 #

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