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Tennessee law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress" Fine & jail time!

 
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Tennessee law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress" Fine & jail time!
A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to "transmit or display an image" online that is likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.

The Tennessee legislature has been busy updating its laws for the Internet age, and not always for the better. Last week we reported on a bill that updated Tennessee's theft-of-service laws to include "subscription entertainment services" like Netflix.

The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender "reasonably should know" would "cause emotional distress" to the recipient. If the communication lacked a "legitimate purpose," the sender faced jail time.

The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the "emotionally distressed" individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you "should have known" that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

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big time gray areas

but probobaly needed none-the-less
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big time gray areas

but probobaly needed none-the-less
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Exactly...If a court decides you "should have known" that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
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wtf
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Allow me






bomb
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about time all those rich terrorists posting on my facebook account i am so sick of that shit

i am so glad my gov is fighting terrorists


its the get over it we need more lawas to take others god given rights i want what they gave china
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wtf
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Allow me






bomb
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Oh chit! ohno
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A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to "transmit or display an image" online that is likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.

The Tennessee legislature has been busy updating its laws for the Internet age, and not always for the better. Last week we reported on a bill that updated Tennessee's theft-of-service laws to include "subscription entertainment services" like Netflix.

The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender "reasonably should know" would "cause emotional distress" to the recipient. If the communication lacked a "legitimate purpose," the sender faced jail time.

The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the "emotionally distressed" individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you "should have known" that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

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 Quoting: mathetes


Posting images is considered FREE SPEECH and is protected under the FIRST AMENDMENT.

That law won't hold up if taken to court.


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Re: Tennessee law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress" Fine & jail time!
A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to "transmit or display an image" online that is likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.

The Tennessee legislature has been busy updating its laws for the Internet age, and not always for the better. Last week we reported on a bill that updated Tennessee's theft-of-service laws to include "subscription entertainment services" like Netflix.

The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender "reasonably should know" would "cause emotional distress" to the recipient. If the communication lacked a "legitimate purpose," the sender faced jail time.

The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the "emotionally distressed" individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you "should have known" that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

[link to arstechnica.com]
 Quoting: mathetes


Posting images is considered FREE SPEECH and is protected under the FIRST AMENDMENT.

That law won't hold up if taken to court.


freespeech2
 Quoting: Burt Gummer


txisfs
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List of States that get my business:
1. Arizona
2. Montana
3. Texas


List of States that don't get my business:
1. Tennessee
2. California
3. New York


I need to update this list.
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Re: Tennessee law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress" Fine & jail time!
List of States that get my business:
1. Arizona
2. Montana
3. Texas


List of States that don't get my business:
1. Tennessee
2. California
3. New York


I need to update this list.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1412473


Add Oklahoma...
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