State of Georgia to make laws for “making fun” of people online?

“NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE FUN OF ANYONE. IT’S NOT A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT.”
– Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith

Rep Smith has not been too kind towards some “funny” photos made towards him which photoshopped his head on a male adult film star. Rep Smith would try to propose a bill to ban such action. Rep. Smith’s bill would impose up to a $1,000 fine, one year in prison, or both on anyone that “intentionally causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.”
You may be found guilty if your creation specifically includes “the electronic imposing of the facial image of a person onto an obscene depiction.”

Georgia Politics Unfiltered blogger Andre Walker, who has created images depicting Rep. Smith in indecent situation, said he didn’t mean to insult Rep Smith by editing photos of his head onto a physically well-built adult film star. In addition, this might be in contradiction with free speech of the constitution in the United States.

Hong Kong also has similar controversies over online re-creation. However the focus is on the copy right side. The government of Hong Kong wished to ban photos that are re-created politically or with malicious purpose. However the legislation didn’t go through smoothly because there are a number of concerns over freedom of speech and implementation & enforcement difficulties.

Source: the VERGE

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