+Quest Master Posted October 21, 2003 Share Posted October 21, 2003 I know that there are some lawyers in our ranks. I am hoping to get a comment from some of you concerning the legality of publishing coordinates to sensitive sites. In Colorado, some cavers are threatening to use a provision in the Federal Cave Resource Protection Act to prosecute some geocachers who have published coordinates to some sensitive caves on geocaching.com and on their own website. The FCRPA states that: "Information concerning the specific location of any significant cave may not be made available to the public under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, unless the Secretary determines that disclosure of such information would further the purposes of this Act and would not create a substantial risk of harm, theft, or destruction of such cave. I am wondering if publishing the location of a cave or other sensitive site is protected free speech. Is there a first amendmendment issue here? What about other potentially sensitive sites such as the private homes of celebrities, archaelogical sites, missile silos, etc. I'm not talking about hiding a cache in these places or trespassing. I'm only asking if it could be illegal just to publish the coordinates. Could geocaching.com be prosecuted? Please don't turn this into another cavers vs. cachers thread. I was just using this as an example. Johnny Quote Link to comment
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