It’s a good thing for the internet that Tennessee lawmakers are around to learn it how to behave. After lawmakers threw down a regulation barring people from sharing passwords for services such as Netflix, the state made famous by Arrested Development (the band, not the show) has created a law that bans the posting of images that cause emotional distress.
Ars Technica notes a violation of the vague law could stick offenders with a year in jail and nearly $2,500 in fines. The law apparently does not require that the offender intended to create emotional distress, nor that the offending picture be of the victim.
While lawyers and courts will be left to sort out the specifics of who and what this law applies to, I’d like to thank the state of Tennessee for making lawmakers in my home state of Arizona look less silly and overbearing by comparison.
Tenn. law bans posting images that “cause emotional distress” [Ars Technica]