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Arizona Senate Passes Electronic Harassment Bill

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) reported on Saturday that the Arizona state senate passed House Bill 2549 on Friday. The bill "Prohibits using any electronic or digital device, instead of a telephone, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend a person." The bill specifies that an "electronic or digital device includes any wired or wireless communication device and multimedia storage device."

The bill is currently awaiting Governor Janice K. Brewer's approval signature or veto.

The CBLDF added in its report that the law "could create vulnerabilities for cartoonists and publishers who publish material online intended to shock, satirize, and criticize." It added that the bill could also affect "the culture of message boards, within and beyond comics."

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

[Via Wonkette]

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