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The coming crackdown

March 4, 2005

UPDATE: Bloggers, chill out already! | Perspectives | CNET News.com

Reports of a Federal Election Commission plot to “crack down” on blogging and e-mail are wildly exaggerated.

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The coming crackdown on blogging – page 2 | Newsmakers | CNET News.com

So if you’re using text that the campaign sends you, and you’re reproducing it on your blog or forwarding it to a mailing list, you could be in trouble?

Yes. In fact, the regulations are very specific that reproducing a campaign’s material is a reproduction for purpose of triggering the law. That’ll count as an expenditure that counts against campaign finance law.

This is an incredible thicket. If someone else doesn’t take action, for instance in Congress, we’re running a real possibility of serious Internet regulation. It’s going to be bizarre.

Medium Lobster says it all.

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