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      What Are Internet Harassment Laws?


      Internet harassment laws make it a criminal act to use the Internet to threaten, torment, stalk, intimidate or otherwise distress a person.
      Legislation and enforcement varies from one jurisdiction to another, but Internet harassment laws are put in place to protect potential victims from the trauma of cyberstalking, cyberbullying and other forms of internet harassment. In some regions, provisions have been made within broader harassment laws specifically relating to the Internet and other forms of communication.

      Legal definitions of Internet harassment vary slightly from one region to another, but most jurisdictions agree on the basic principles. Internet harassment is an attempt to use email or another form of electronic communication to torment, threaten, stalk or perform some similar act that would cause distress to a reasonable person. When determining the difference between simple rudeness and criminal harassment, authorities are likely to consider issues such as the attacker’s apparent intent, the frequency of the remarks or postings, evidence of premeditation or information gathering, whether others were encouraged to participate in these acts and whether remarks or attacks were directed specifically at the victim.

      For those found guilty, the penalties for violating Internet harassment laws depend on the severity of the attacks and the jurisdiction. Harassment convictions can result in fines, community service or a prison sentence. If the victim made previous attempts to make the attacker stop, or if the attacker engaged in other illegal activities such as hacking to harass the victim, sentencing is likely to be harsher.

      Before 1990, there was little that could be done legally to deter harassment in any form, whether through the new internet, over the phone, or even in person. California was the first state in the United States to pass anti-stalking legislation, with other states passing similar laws in the following years. These laws, written long before the days of text messaging and social media websites, were designed primarily to prevent predatory stalking.

      In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Communications Decency Act. This act, originally written to protect the public from harassing phone calls, was rephrased to include any telecommunications device. Although some other clauses of this act were found unconstitutional because of an infringement of free speech, the articles on Internet harassment were not challenged.
      Even with the Communications Decency Act, most anti-harassment legislation is done at the state level. California was first to address cyberstalking in 1999, and many other states have passed specific Internet harassment laws. Still others have made provisions in existing anti-harassment laws to deal with Internet communications.

      Other countries have passed Internet harassment laws as well. For instance, the British Parliament passed the Malicious Communications Act in 1998. International cooperation has been effective in addressing other forms of Internet-based crime, but issues surrounding jurisdiction remain problematic with the Internet, because even the way the crime is defined by various Internet harassment laws can vary greatly.

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      um??? why did you post this o. O out of curiosity

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      Thank you for posting this, it is necessary to be reminded about this, as many are taking their lives from cyber-bullying sadly.

      Please remember, nothing that anyone says to you online has value, since they don't know your "real" self. Don't let some fool online ruin your future.

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      There goes the first.

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      lol thats kinda silly to ask because internet harrasment laws are what the name is laws you can get serious jail time bullying someone or stalking on the internet can get you like 3-5 years same as robbing a bank or assulting someone

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      If you wouldn't say it to someone in person, don't say it to them on the internet. Harassment is not ok no matter where it is done.
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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      Thanks Olivia I dont know why people harass others.

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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      Quote Originally Posted by spritely View Post
      um??? why did you post this o. O out of curiosity
      I believe it's to remind people that bullying, harassing or basically acting like a big jerk on the internet is not right. Almost everyday I personally see users harass others via the internet just because they don't agree with something the person they're harassing did.

      For example, I play the F2P MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game called League of Legends, which is a T rated game and mostly focuses around pvp, and I frequently make games with the title "no trolls/cursing" because I don't want to play with people who will act like jerks and not listen as well as people who will just cuss others out constantly when things don't go their way. Because of this, allot of people who play that game join my lobby with the sole intention of cussing me out, after which they either get kicked from the lobby by me or they leave before I can kick them. One person even said "no cursing" "your obviously 12" and then immediately left. I'm currently 19 years old and though I may accidentally curse every now and then in real life, I at least have the deceny not to take it to the online chat as really, what good will cussing at others do besides make them more angry, annoyed and/or frustrated? The answer is nothing.

      The sad thing is that the LoL community is known for it's rather negative/unfriendly attitude/behavior towards newcomers, which can make it hard for certain players to find a game that doesn't have at least 1 or more trolls/jerks in it (thankfully you can report them after the game, but even then only the in-game chat is currently logged in the tribunal, not the pre-game or end-game chat).

      It all goes back to the phrases "Treat others the way you want to be treated" and "If you don't have anything nice, kind or encouraging to say, then please just don't say anything at all whatsoever", meaning unless you want to be treated like a jerk/troll, then just be smart and be respectful to others instead of cussing them out when they do something you don't like.

      Thanks for posting this olivia as it serves as a great reminder to some of the consequences of cyber-bullying/immaturity.
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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      Thanks for posting this Some people on Central who shall not be named are being mean to me.....
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      Re: What Are Internet Harassment Laws?

      Quote Originally Posted by ~BlueStar~ View Post
      Thanks for posting this Some people on Central who shall not be named are being mean to me.....
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