But others don’t see it that way–like Steve DelBianco, executive director of the e-commerce trade association, NetChoice.
“Marketplaces cannot be held accountable for the sales made by stores that happen to use their platform,” he said. “That’s as if you would require a shopping mall to be responsible for sales tax on sales made by stores in the mall–that’s ridiculous in the real world, and it’s just as indefensible in the online world.”
NetChoice has been busy filing lawsuits against the states who have passed or are considering so-called “marketplace fairness” laws.
NetChoice works to prevent barriers to e-commerce. Whether taxes on the Internet and goods through the Internet, non-tech neutral privacy initiatives, or other international Internet issues, NetChoice weighs-in to protect e-commerce.