Dear Sen Turbak Berry,
I have serious reservations about both these bills. The language is not very specific -- who is the "provider" is my main concern.
My blog is on blogger.com - a South Dakotan is going to sue Google? Or me? Re the tracking required by 1278, I have absolutely no way to track who leaves anonymous comments on my blogs using blogger, even if I wanted to. I also don't see how you would ever get IP addresses for anonymous commenters about South Dakota issues on Daily Kos (or Free Republic) for that matter.
I honestly find these bills a solution looking for a problem. Internet speech is both weak and powerful because of the anonymity it provides. There are issues here - but I don't think a state law along these lines can help -- largely due to technological barriers to compliance.
These bills just don't address a problem I find pressing... is there an epidemic of slander in the South Dakota blogosphere?
I think these two articles make some very good points.
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