Well, it might be new for West Virginia, but in some countries it's not. Posting false information can indeed be defamation, but also a misdemeanour depending what one views as important or not.
"West Virginia Looks To Criminalize Online Harassment" (TechDirt, 1 April 2009)
For piracy, I would agree that the laws are inadequate because the principle they try to enforce is outdated. Thus both Sweden and France should have thought twice.
"Swedish Antipiracy Law Goes Into Effect... Internet Traffic Drops" (TechDirt, 1 April 2009)