Astutely observing that you can’t spell the word “awful” without L-A-W, the folks at NetChoice released its annual “iAWFUL” list of crummy bills that the association feels will only limit competition, innovation, and choice on the Internet. Some of the chief offenders:
“The Internet didn’t invent interstate sales,” Szabo says. “Cars, telephones, and catalogs have been carrying on interstate commerce for decades and never required a complete overhaul of the tax code.”
iAWFUL Legislation 2015: Death, Taxes and Trade Secrets
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 — They say nothing is life is guaranteed except death and taxes. But now state legislators around the country are trying to open your private communications after you die, turn Internet retailers into tax tattle tales, and force trade secrets to be revealed to unauthorized repair shops.
Many pieces of legislation across the country were worthy of review, but only seven were deemed iAWFUL enough by NetChoice to make the latest version of the association’s ranking of state and federal bills that limit competition, innovation and customer choice. (iAWFUL.com) Read more
Twice a year, the team releases an updated iAWFUL list. The list provides a concise collection of both active and proposed legislation that would present a significant non-market barrier to Internet commerce.
This year’s list is full of legislative efforts run amok. As legislators and regulators fall over themselves in a race to regulate Internet services, many are doing more harm than good. In many cases unfamiliarity with technology or misinformation is driving action.