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San Francisco to control blogs?

Check this out. The SF Board of Supervisors apparently votes on this today. Darned interesting, though bizarre.

(Check out right-wing blogger reaction, via Jeff Nolan.)

UPDATE: Good, turns out blogs have been exempted from the legislation. Thanks Chris Nolan, via Gillmor.


There's more here than meets the eye. The proposed ordinance would only regulate political bloggers who spend at least $1,000/year on their communications, and the ordinance does not mention blogs specifically. Still, the potential for first-amendment setbacks appears to be real. See http://goodseed.blogspot.com/2005/04/san-francisco-to-regulate-blogging.html

on April 5, 2005 10:53 AM
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but why should we accept any registration requirement for political news and information dissemination? Would the Comical have to register if not for the fact that they are a business?

FYI, I spend over $1k a year hosting my blog, it's offensive to think that I would have to register in order to continue doing what I do. I am not a business, I don't generate any revenues, don't hire any employees... I'm one guy sitting in my home office expressing my thoughts, and if I were to live in SF the Board of Dupes would require me to register my activities in order to continue them. The Constitution means what it says, and it says that government cannot restrict my right to free speech, either by direct or indirect means. Requiring me to register in order to enjoy my Constitutional right is a restriction.

jeff on April 5, 2005 7:41 PM
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