Political Pistachio – “Global Governance of Internet Imminent, as U.S. Agrees to Release Control”

Political Pistachio – “Global Governance of Internet Imminent, as U.S. Agrees to Release Control”

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing major Internet commerce businesses.

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Internet Retailer – “‘Defects’ Mar a Federal Tax Bill, a Congressman Says”

Internet Retailer – “Defects Mar a Federal Tax Bill, a Congressman Says

The bill is opposed by many online retailers, including eBay Inc. and Overstock.com Inc., that are represented by industry lobbying groups such as NetChoice.

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The Hill – “House panel weighs costs of online sales tax”

The Hill – “House panel weighs costs of online sales tax

Former-Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) — who testified on behalf of e-commerce trade group NetChoice — said tax calculation software such as the kind provided under the Senate bill “is free like a puppy” because it does not take into account integration costs.

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LA Times – “House panel considers Internet sales tax compromise”

LA Times – “House panel considers Internet sales tax compromise

“The way to level the playing field is to make sure that every business — brick-and-mortar or online — is required to do things the same way and follow the same rules,” said Chris Cox, a former Republican congressman and counsel to NetChoice, an advocacy group that represents EBay Inc., Overstock.com Inc. and other online sellers.

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National Tax Payer’s Union – “Hearing Highlights Internet Sales Tax Alternatives & Marketplace Fairness Act’s Flaws”

National Tax Payer’s Union – “Hearing Highlights Internet Sales Tax Alternatives & Marketplace Fairness Act’s Flaws

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CQ Roll Call – “House Members Plan Online Sales Tax Measure Based on Senate Framework”

CQ Roll Call – “House Members Plan Online Sales Tax Measure Based on Senate Framework

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National Law Journal – “In Search of a Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Puzzle”

National Law Journal – “In Search of a Solution to the Internet Sales Tax Puzzle

Chris Cox, a partner in Bingham McCutchen’s Costa Mesa, Calif., office who represents e-commerce group NetChoice, said the Marketplace Fairness Act wouldn’t level the playing field. He recommended that Congress take an approach he called “home rule and revenue return,” which would allow online businesses and their brick-and-mortar counterparts to follow only the sales tax rules of the states in which they are physically based.

“If [the Marketplace Fairness Act] were the only option, NetChoice would strongly prefer today’s system,” said Cox, who is a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman and Republican congressman from California.

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TechWorld – “US House considers alternatives to Internet sales tax bill”

TechWorld – “US House considers alternatives to Internet sales tax bill

“Most would agree it is fundamentally unfair to force a local retailer, with only one place of business in a single state, to be subject to tax compliance burdens, including the requirement to appear in person to defend a lawsuit, in each of the 46 states that have sales taxes,” he said.

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Heartland – “Judiciary Committee Hears Internet Sales Tax Testimony”

Heartland – “Judiciary Committee Hears Internet Sales Tax Testimony

Former Rep. Chris Cox, now an advisor to NetChoice (online sellers). His testimony emphasized the importance of the existing constitutional standard, insist on meaningful simplification, and criticize the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Streamlined Sales Tax project.


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Wall St. Journal – “The days of tax-free digital content are numbered”

Wall St. Journal – “The days of tax-free digital content are numbered

But apps and other digital content like e-books and music are not really simply digital equivalents of books and CDs, says Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a coalition of e-commerce firms like Yahoo, Facebook and AOL. Most downloads can’t be resold, gifted or traded, he says. Customers get a license for the digital files — but they don’t own them the way they own a book or CD. (Also see: Who inherits your iTunes library) States are grappling with this dilemma in different ways. New Jersey introduced a sales tax on e-books, music and even ringtones in 2006, but excluded video-on-demand. “States that want to tax digital movies are salivating at the thought of collecting those taxes from sellers that have no presence in their state,” he says.

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