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Hmmm. Texas: 78(R) SB 1116 - - Bill Text is one of the bills mentioned on a site called Freedom to Tinker (thanks sc4r4b) as an example of proposed legislation that they say will make it illegal to use a firewall! I am not a lawyer (though I play one on TV), so I can't say for sure their interpretation of this is correct, but it certainly seems to be supported by the language in the bill(s). Here's an excerpt:

The states of Massachusetts and Texas are preparing to consider bills that apparently are intended to extend the national Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (TX bill; MA bill) The bills are obviously related to each other somehow, since they are textually similar.

Here is one example of the far-reaching harmful effects of these bills. Both bills would flatly ban the possession, sale, or use of technologies that "conceal from a communication service provider ... the existence or place of origin or destination of any communication". Your ISP is a (communication) service provider, so anything that concealed the origin or destination of any communication from your ISP would be illegal -- with no exceptions.

If you encrypt your email, you're in violation, because the "To" line of the email is concealed from your ISP by encryption. If you use a secure connection to pick up your email, you're in violation, because the "From" lines of the incoming emails are concealed from your ISP by the encrypted connection.

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23. Re: Texas bill Mar 28, 2003, 14:46 Tigger
 
Lets just outlaw technology, it would be easier!

<CrazyNewLaw>

A person commits a crime if:

a) They attempt to import, export, invent or reinvent a wheel

b) Attempt to create, capture, use, or store electricty

</CrazyNewLaw>

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  1. Mar 28, 08:16 No subject ssh
  9. Mar 28, 10:07  Re: No subject BubbleMage
  11. Mar 28, 10:19   Re: No subject nin
  26. Mar 28, 16:57    Re: No subject OmegaFoRCe
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  29. Mar 28, 20:00      Re: No subject Quaternion
  24. Mar 28, 14:56  Re: No subject Hazard
  32. Mar 30, 10:26   Re: No subject ssh
  2. Mar 28, 09:05 TX bill Steelcamp
  3. Mar 28, 09:10  Re: TX bill Schnapple
  4. Mar 28, 09:29   Re: TX bill nin
  5. Mar 28, 09:31 No firewall bill TX Steelcamp
  6. Mar 28, 09:36  Re: No firewall bill TX Enforcer
  7. Mar 28, 09:40 No subject Punisher
  8. Mar 28, 10:05  Re: No subject ExcessDan
  10. Mar 28, 10:16 Freedom To Tinker is Full of It Abaddon
  15. Mar 28, 11:08  Re: Freedom To Tinker is Full of It  Blue 
  17. Mar 28, 11:21   Re: Freedom To Tinker is Full of It Anvil
  18. Mar 28, 11:54    I, Clone Fang
  12. Mar 28, 10:22 U.S. wins back moon rock Jim
  13. Mar 28, 10:26 Texas bill Jim
>> 23. Mar 28, 14:46  Re: Texas bill Tigger
  14. Mar 28, 10:54 Dumb, like all of the DMCA  Bagpuss 
  16. Mar 28, 11:20 No subject Hump
  19. Mar 28, 12:14 gg Big Brother Weas
  20. Mar 28, 13:09  Re: gg Big Brother Atomic
  21. Mar 28, 14:43 No firewall? No problem! Marduk
  22. Mar 28, 14:45 Do they even know... Tigger
  25. Mar 28, 16:09 F*ck the Police Bunko
  28. Mar 28, 17:14 Credit Card Debt Auction jeremiah
  30. Mar 29, 10:53 Edit: N/T (double postl) Ray Marden
  31. Mar 29, 10:54 <tapping fingers on desk> Ray Marden


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