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Re: Yes, indeed the PA law is for real!


    Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 18:42:35 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Tom Edwards <[email protected]>

    Well folks, you can go view the new PA law yourselves at URL

    PA Senate Bill 655 was signed into law on June 13, 1995, and it does
    appear to make non-logged anonymous remailers illegal.

I'm guessing that you're referring to this part of the law:

  (1) [makes or possesses any instrument, apparatus, equipment or]
  makes, distributes, possesses, uses or assembles an unlawful
  telecommunication device or modifies, alters, programs or reprograms
  a telecommunication device designed, adapted or which can be used:

  . . .

  (ii) to conceal or to assist another to conceal from any [supplier
  of telecommunications] telecommunicationservice provider or from any
  lawful authority the existence or place of origin or of destination
  of any telecommunication; or

IANAL, but this sure sounds like one could make the case that an ISP
that allowed users to send mail to arbitrary addresses,
e. g. [email protected], would be `guilty' of assisting another to
conceal the place of origin and/or destination of a telecommunication.
I'd imagine that the authorities would be a bit more likely to go
after [email protected] however.

In fact, I wonder if the fact that mail to [email protected] is forwarded to
[email protected] couldn't be construed as `assistance' if I happened to
receive mail at that address through penet.  Sigh . . . .

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