Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it unlawful to run a website anonymously if it offers “commercial” recordings and videos. The aim of the bill is to close or disrupt websites that don’t comply—all in the name of protecting intellectual property rights.
The bill, which landed on the state’s House and Senate floors Tuesday, requires websites to display a “correct name, physical address, and telephone number or e-mail address” of the owner if they play a “substantial part in the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly.” The disclosure is required even if all the recordings or audiovisual works disseminated by the website are owned by the website owner.
The “True Origin of Digital Goods Act” raises constitutional concerns, according to Mitch Stoltz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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