Impersonating people and criminal law

FakeCelebrity Twitterers And Bloggers May Face Jail In California | Techdirt. 6 January 2011

Maybe because I come from another cultural and legal tradition, I don’t see the issue of prohibiting impersonation on something ‘permanent’ as on a blog or other web 2.0 tools. Using a false name in French law is in itself an offence (well, really minor if there is no intention to defraud…, but still it is). I think it is a recognition that a name encapsulates quite a bit of what a person is. Obviously, the assumption in the law is that the person using another’s name in doing so introduces confusion between the ‘fake’ and the ‘real’ person. A disclaimer would stop any problem

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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