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[liberationtech] Naive Question
caseblack at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 12:40:00 PDT 2013
There's a more subtle variant to this idea...
Regularly state ("put up a sign") that you HAVE in fact received an
NSL...with the public understanding that it must be a lie (there's no law
against falsely making such a claim...yet!).
When actually served with an NSL, you would now be bound by law to remove
any such notification...thereby signaling the event.
On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM, LISTS <lists at robertwgehl.org> wrote:
> I wonder if there's a false analogy here. Hypothetically, the
> librarian's sign could fall down (maybe the wind blew it over) whereas a
> notice on a site would have to be removed via coding. There would be
> little other explanation, even in the case where one does not
> affirmatively renew the "dead man's notice" (the countdown that Doctorow
> suggests in the article). Such an affirmative act might lead a court to
> believe that one has indeed informed the public about an NSL.
> - Rob Gehl
> On 09/09/2013 12:18 PM, Dan Staples wrote:
> > Presumably, if this type of approach became widely adopted, it would be
> > a useful service for an independent group to monitor the status of these
> > notices and periodically publish a report of which companies had removed
> > their notice.
> > On 09/09/2013 12:52 PM, Scott Arciszewski wrote:
> >> Forgot the URL:
> >> On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM, Scott Arciszewski
> >> <kobrasrealm at gmail.com <mailto:kobrasrealm at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> I saw this article on The Guardian and it mentioned a librarian
> >> who posted a sign that looked like this:
> >> http://www.librarian.net/pics/antipat4.gif and would remove it if
> >> visited by the FBI. So a naive question comes to mind: If I operated
> >> an internet service, and I posted a thing that says "We have not
> >> received a request to spy on our users. Watch closely for the
> >> removal of this text," what legal risk would be incurred?
> >> If the answer is "None" or "Very little", what's stopping people
> >> from doing this?
> >> Thanks,
> >> Scott
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