17 states have criminal libel laws for the web
With lots of web creeps hiding behind an veil on anonymity, it's
not uncommon to see people's reputations trashed on the web.
Until recently there was not much that you could do to protect your
good name on the web, but that's changing.
For details on now these new laws help victims to nab internet
bad guys, see my book "Web
Stalkers: Protect yourself from Internet Psychopaths".
In Colorado, state law makes criminal libel a felony carrying up
to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $100,000 for the first
offense. In general, web libel is posting false information
about someone that defames them, commonly accusations of criminal
acts, marital infidelity, dishonesty or that you have a nasty
article, if you live on one of the 17 states that enforce
criminal libel (Colorado,
Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah,
Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, along with Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands), you can file to lift the veil on
anonymity for someone who defames you and have them arrested on
In Colorado, a man received a a paltry 23 years sentence for
"spreading lies on the internet", but some states are getting
tougher on libel crimes.
Internet libel is a felony!
Many people on the web think that privacy laws protect their
anonymity, but that's not the case when criminal charges are filed.
Google's motto is "Do no evil" and they are cooperating with law
enforcement to help prosecute crooks by introducing their
searches as evidence.
this article notes "Everything you Google can and will be used
against you in a court of law". Google is also cooperating
with law enforcement to help convict hackers, such as
where a stinking hacker was sentenced to over a year in prison for
interfering with a wireless network:
"Court documents say that Schuster ran a Google search over
CWWIS' network using the following search terms: "how to
broadcast interference over wifi 2.4 GHZ," "interference over
wifi 2.4 Ghz," "wireless networks 2.4 interference," and "make
device interfere wireless network.""